If it’s grapes, it must be healthy … right?

By Les Kincaid

I am often asked about weight and wine: Does it make you fat? To answer that extremely important—and often overlooked—question, you need to know the calories in wine. A four-ounce glass of wine ranges from about 80-100 calories. Always keep that in mind that lighter wines have fewer calories than heavier wines.

This is where it gets tricky: Some wines are higher in carbohydrates than others due to their residual sugars. For example, a dry sauvignon blanc may have two grams of carbohydrate whereas a very sweet dessert wine could have as much as 12 grams. The alcohol content is usually the giveaway. Wines with higher alcohol content typically are more fattening.

Note that wine itself is fat free and contains no cholesterol. So if you have high cholesterol, you needn’t worry about wine making it worse. But then again, if you have high cholesterol, you should do exactly what the doctor says and not follow what I say, I’m not a doctor.

As you go about drinking wine, always remember these two things: It is important to drink in moderation. Even though wine has numerous health benefits, drinking in excess is always bad. And lastly, wine is food.

Storing Your Wine

Did you know that wine is a natural, perishable food product and needs to be stored with the same care and attention as food? When all types of wine are exposed to heat, light, vibration, or fluctuations in temperature and humidity, they can spoil. If you store your wine properly, it can maintain its quality and improve in aroma, flavor and complexity as the years go by.

Three things to keep in mind when storing wine:

1. The cork needs to stay moist.
2. Other items with strong odors should not be stored in the same area.
3. Your storage area should have high humidity, a constant temperature of 55 F and remain dark.