We all know that excessive boozing can pile on the pounds. With a 250 millilitre glass of wine containing between 220 and 280 calories, a few glasses can quickly equal almost half of the recommended daily calorie intake for a woman.
So even if you’re careful with your diet, sticking to the healthiest meal options and never over-indulging, if you’re a regular wine drinker you might just find the figure on the scales creeping higher.
Low-cal or “skinny” drinks aren’t new but the latest option is upping the ante, reports the Daily Mail. Skinny Rosé, made by Champagne producer G. Tribaut, only has 275 calories in the entire bottle (the equivalent of 50 calories per traditional 125 millilitre flute), which is less than some calorific red wines have in a single glass.
The secret to the low-calorie Champagne is in the sugar content — or rather the lack of it. All wine has some natural sugar from the grapes used to make it but the majority of wines also have sugar added during the production process. That’s not the case with Skinny Rosé. It’s what’s known as a “zero dosage” Champagne, meaning that no sugar at all is added via sweetened wine or spirit after the sediment is disgorged from the bottle.
Of course this means that, without sugar added to balance the flavours, it’s only going to be an enjoyable drink for those who favour a bitter taste to their booze. And for those who don’t mind splashing out on their bubbles: at £38 for a 70 centilitre bottle Skinny Rosé definitely doesn’t come cheap.
If your wine budget doesn’t stretch to Skinny Rosé opt for the Brut version of a more affordable brand. “Brut” simply means “dry” in Champagne language and means the sugar content will be significantly lower than in standard Champagne, typically around 65 calories.
According to WineSpectator.com, Champagnes can be Brut, Extra Dry or Extra Sec, Sec, Demi-Sec and Doux, with Brut being the driest and Doux the sweetest. Some producers break Brut down into Extra Brut and Brut Natural: of these Brut Natural is the driest, meaning it has no added sugar at all.
Find healthy drinking guidelines at drinkaware.co.uk