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Wine Nutrition Facts

Wine is an alcoholic beverage that uses either red or green grapes. The red grapes are used to make red wine, while green grapes are used to create white wine. The actual color of the grape juice does not influence the color of the wine. It is the skin of the grape that gives wine its color.

Among the wines, there are many different varieties including table wine, sparkling wine, dessert wine, cooking wine and fortified wine.

Table wine generally has an alcohol content of no more than 14%. Sparkling wines contain carbon dioxide, which give it its bubbly, fizzy appearance. Spumante and Cava are examples of sparkling wines.

When sugar is added to wine, it is known as a dessert wine. Dessert wines include Quarts de Chaume, Bonnezeaux, Sautrnes and Beerenauslese. Cooking wines usually contain some levels of salt and are generally not consumed as a beverage due to their poor quality. Fortified wines such as Port, Madeira and Banyuls generally have another spirit added to them such as brandy.

Wine generally has a high calorie count, as it contains alcohol. Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram. Protein and carbohydrates each have 4 grams of calories per gram, while fat contains 9 calories per gram.

Although each wine has a different nutritional value, a glass of wine would include about 102 calories, 2.41 grams of carbohydrates, 0.2 grams of protein and about 7.09 milligrams of sodium. A serving, or one glass of white wine would contain about 96 calories, 1.13 grams of carbohydrates, 0.14 grams of protein and around 7 milligrams of sodium.

Dessert wine has the highest calorie count, with one serving containing about 130 calories and 10.4 grams of carbohydrates, of which 8 grams are from sugar. Dessert wine has about 10 grams or carbohydrates and 7.65 milligrams of sodium.

Author: Dimi Ingle
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