Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Calories in Wine

The holidays are here and with them comes the endless parties, holiday food trays and dangerously delicious cookies. With all of these holiday hazards being the cause of ballooning waist lines this time of year it helps to also remember that all those drinks (yes wine included) can add to the slowly growing calorie count each day. Since the FDA does not mandate labeling of nutrition facts on the back of wine bottles we have borrowed some great information from our friends over at Wine Folly.

determine the calories in a glass of wine by what wine is made of

Alcohol is Very High in Calories Per Gram

The highest calorie wines tend have the highest alcohol content. Alcohol has 7 calories per gram versus carbohydrates (sugar) which have 4 calories per gram. This means some sweet wines have less calories than some dry wines! Dry wines are commonly considered to range from around 11% alcohol to around 14%. However, a quick check of alcohol percentages of wines at the grocery store shows that many dry wines often exceed 15%. A standard 6 oz glass of dry wine with 15% alcohol has 175 calories.
Warm regions make higher alcohol wine!
Wines with typically higher alcohol content come from warmer growing regions where higher sugar content in grapes converts to higher alcohol content in wine. Dry wines with typically higher alcohol percentages are Zinfandel, Amarone, Shiraz and Grenache-Syrah-Mouvedre (GSM).
Super high alcohol sweet wines wines like Port, Tawny Port & Banyuls are a double whammy of sugar carb calories plus alcohol calories. To make Port wine, neutral grape spirits are added in order to inoculate (kill) the yeasts and leave sweetness in the wine. Port has 20% ABV and around 100 g/L of residual sugar. A standard 2oz glass of port has 103 calories.

Sugar in Champagne & Sparkling Wines

Champagnes and sparkling wines have added sugar and alcohol. The added amount is called “le dosage” and it’s added during the champagne making process. The dosage can range from nothing (aka “Brut Nature” or “Brut Zero”) to sweet (aka “Doux”) with up to 50 g/L of sugar. The laws on the Champagne region require the wines to be no more than 12.5% alcohol, however non-Champagne bubbly ranges from very light at around 9% alcohol to high at 15%. For a standard 5 oz pour, Champagne ranges from 124 calories (Brut Zero) to 175 calories (Doux).

Wine Calories Comparison Chart

compare calories in champagne
Calories in Red Wine
Calories in dessert wine

Wine Calories From Least to Most (6 oz pours)

German Spatlese Riesling (Dr. Hermann “H” 2009)
110 calories, bottle 495 calories

Slightly Sweet Lambrusco (Lini 910)
140 calories, bottle 630 calories

Cabernet Sauvignon from France
160 calories, bottle 720 calories

German Auclese Riesling
160 calories, bottle 720 calories

Cabernet Sauvignon from California
175 calories, bottle 788 calories

California 16% Zinfandel (Bob Biale)
190 calories, bottle 855 calories

Australian Shiraz (Mollydooker The Boxer)
190 calories, bottle 855 calories

Chateau Y’quem
270 calories, bottle 1215 calories (note: standard serving size is only 2oz which is 90 calories)

Ruby Port
310 calories, bottle 1395 calories (note: standard serving size is only 2oz which is 103 calories)

Tawny Port
320 calories, bottle 1440 calories (note: standard serving size is only 2oz which is 106 calories)
Calories in Wine Come From Carbs and Alcohol
Wine is made of mostly water, alcohol, carbohydrates and trace minerals(1). The carbohydrates come from residual sugar left in wine. Dry wines have less than 3 grams/Liter and sweet wines typically range from 20-150 g/L (some can have up to 300 g/L!). A late harvest dessert wine may have about 150 g/L of sugar compared to Coca-Cola at 111 g/L and Maple Syrup at 700 g/L(2). To determine the total calories in a wine add the calories of alcohol with the calories of carbs.
calculating calories is fun with basic math!
Conclusion From a Wine Geek
Sweet wines like riesling and lambrusco actually have less calories per glass than most cabernet sauvignon. However you may be enticed to drink more because they are also lighter in alcohol!
Even though a late harvest dessert wine like Chateau Y’quem has much more residual sugar than a can of Coca-Cola, you’re not likely to drink as much because the serving size is about six times less.
If you’re on a diet, don’t despair with just one glass of wine. You can skip dessert and use the same amount of calories for 2-3 servings of dessert wine. Oh... and... I’m not your doctor, so check with him/her first if you have serious health issues. Yep!

Enjoy Your Holidays (with Wine of Course),
Your Friends at White Horse Wine & Spirits

Monday, October 26, 2015

October 26th

This weeks wine of the week is Orin Swift's Palermo. We chose this wine in honor of the Halloween themed label and its dark deliciousness! Orin Swift Wines are made by the young winemaker David Phinney and are known for their bold style, as well as their edgy labels. David Phinney is best known for creating the Prisoner, which is what put him on the map. He does not actually own any vineyards, but instead sources his grapes from growers that can provide the signature style that define all his wines.

This wine has aromatics of cassis, currant, mulled dark fruits, and toasty oak in the glass. Opulent and rich, the wine explodes with concentrated flavors of black cherry, ripe boysenberry, assorted dark fruits, kirsch, and a top-note of dark roasted espresso. A persuasive mid palate persists with freshness and closes with supportive tannins that are velvety and polished.

Chad the Tie Guy's Review: This is classic Orin Swift. His signature style of super extracted, bold juicy fruit and high alcohol have earned him quite the cult following. A perfect treat to relax with after all the trick or treaters leave you alone!  Pairs great with chocolate!!

Grape Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Wine Region: Napa Valley, California

Alcohol Content: 15.5%

White Horse Wine Color Code System: OOOOO RICH RED WINES OOOOOO

Food Pairings: A bold juicy red like this is the perfect partner to some barbecued spare ribs with a nice light bbq sauce glaze or for a cool twist try them with a Chinese five spice rub!

Cheese Pairings: 
Valedon Blue Cheese- A rich and creamy blue cheese with a nice tang 
Spain $7.99 (8oz)
Moody Blue Cheese- A smoked blue cheese with a sharp flavor 
Wisconsin $7.49 (8oz)
4 Year Aged Gouda- A hard aged cheese with caramel flavors 
Netherlands $8.99 (8oz) 

Monday, October 19, 2015

October, 19th

Bodegas Covila, Crianza $14.99

This weeks wine of the week is Covila, Crianza. We chose this wine to feature not only because it is delicious, but we are doing a Spanish Tapas and Wine class at the store on Thursday, October 22nd at 6pm. We will be teaching you how to make and enjoy Tapas as well as pairing them up with great Spanish wines!

Our wine of the week is made from the Tempranillo grape which is indigenous to Spain. Tempranillos are big, bold dry red wines that are similar to Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is a Crianza which refers to its age. A Crianza wine has to be aged at least 1 year in an oak barrel and then 1 more year in the bottle. This leads to a well integrated, complex wine that has a lot of vanilla, cedar and barrel spice to complement the rich fruit flavors that come from the grape itself. This wine has flavors of jammy black fruits as well as strawberry and cherry notes with a nice dry, slightly tannic finish. 

Chad the Tie Guy's Review: A perfect wine for the Cab and Malbec lovers. The dark flavors and oak really hit all the sweet spots and all at an affordable price. I'm lovin it!

White Horse Wine Color Code System: OOOOO RICH RED WINES OOOOOO 

Food Pairings: A bold red like this works well with any red meat especially those right off the grill. For a real treat, try pairing this wine up with a rosemary salt crusted rack of lamb!

Cheese Pairings: 
Petit Basque- Creamy and sweet with a nutty finish (Spain)
Drunken Goat- Semi firm goats cheese soaked in red wine (Spain)
Crema de Blue- A creamy, blue cheese with a rich flavor (New Jersey)

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Biggest Wine Deals of the Season

It's that time of year again. The weather is slowly getting colder, the leaves are starting to change color and we are looking at getting our store prepared for the busy holiday season to come. As we look at our inventory of wonderfully delicious wines we noticed a great deal of amazing wines at crazy low prices that we had bought over the course of the Summer season. This got us thinking that we should put all our best wine deals in one place to make it easier for everybody to find. So here it is, the list below contains our best wine at never before seen low prices. Enjoy them while they last!

Stefan Bruer, Pinot Noir- A complex, very elegant Pinot Noir with bright cherry, raspberry fruit flavors on a silky smooth finish. A great wine at a one time only price!   
Was $22.99     
Now Only $10.99 (Save over $144 on a case)

McWilliams, Chardonnay- A crisp, refreshing Chardonnay with light apple, pear and citrus flavors with just a touch of oak. A perfect everyday wine that pairs well with pork.
Now Only $6.99 (Save over $36 on a case)

Saladini Pilastri, Rosso Piceno- This awesome red blend of Sangiovese and Montepulciano is the perfect pizza/pasta wine. It has flavors of blackberry and 
Now Only $7.99 (Save over $24 on a case)

Banfi, Chianti Superiore- Chianti at its finest and yet still affordable. This wine has elegant flavors of cherry, cedar, rose petal and light spice with a nice dry tannin on the finish.
Now Only $10.99 (Save over $24 on a case)

Clos de Los Siete, Red Blend- A big, bold red blend from the World Famous Michael Rolland. This Malbec based blend with stand up to even the biggest of steaks!
Now Only $12.99 (Save over $72 on a case)

DeLoach, Merlot- Merlot is finally making a come back and this Russian River Valley example really showcases why wine geeks love this often overlooked grape.
Now Only $9.99 (Save over $36 on a case)

Walnut Block, Sauvignon Blanc- A clean Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with expressive flavors of lime, grapefruit and apple with a refreshingly dry finish. Great with seafood!
Now Only $11.99 (Save over $24 on a case)

Il Tauro, Salice Salentino- Our favorite wine of the year. Dark, deep and rich but with a soft, silky finish. This wine with its blackberry, cassis and plum flavors really hits the spot!
Now Only $8.99 (Save over $24 on a case)