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How Many Calories Are in a Glass of Wine?

I know some of you wine drinkers are counting calories or watching your weight, and you are probably wondering how many calories are in a glass of wine. As a result, I have been doing some research to determine how many calories are in a glass of wine. The calories vary by varietal, but they all have a similar number of calories. Below is a chart I made for the most common varietals, or the ones I drink most.

Three notes.

One: I broke this down by ounces, glass, and bottle. A bottle is 750 milliliters or 25.36 ounces, and a bottle is supposed to hold four glasses of wine plus a little more. (There are 1.36 ounces more, which, I have been told, have absolutely no calories!) So that is why there is a 6 oz column, because that’s a glass of wine. If you pour smaller or larger amounts in your glass, then you can multiply the 1 oz column by how many ounces you poured.

Two: Calories will also vary by vineyard. So the Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 may have a more or fewer calories than the Columbia Crest Cabernet Grand Estates Sauvignon 2007.

Three: Yes, I made that image above. Pretty good, hunh?! (Click it to see it large. Then click it again. I’m quite impressed with this image. I made the glass see through.)

Here’s the chart. It doesn’t include Tempranillo, but I assume they will be like a Granacha. If you want a printable version, click How Many Calories Are in a Glass of Wine?

Calories in Wine



in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day eighty-five (Domain Les Grands Bois Côtes Du Rhone 2009)


Windshield inside

and BAM

Windshield outside

That’s what happens when a pickup driver with NY state license plate RN 2xx (I won’t reveal the real license plate number. That might be uncool.) doesn’t clean out the inside of their pickup and a sheet of ice as big as my windshield flies through the air at 40 mph and crashes into my windshield. Oddly, the driver was going 15 mph below the speed limit, but as soon as that thing hit my car, she sped off. I tried to catch her and accelerated to 60 and honked my horn for a mile behind her. (Yes, I know the owner’s name.) But she didn’t want to have anything to do with it. So, my safety senses came to me and I pulled over. Anyway, that was Saturday afternoon. Today it’s Monday, and I worked from home because I have no car to drive. Thanks RN 2xx.

In the meanwhile, it’s time for Domain Les Grands Bois Côtes Du Rhone Cuvee Les Trois Sœurs 2009. What makes a Cotes du Rhone a Cotes du Rhone? It has to come from the Rhone region in France. And cuvee means “vat” or “tank,” but it has come to mean blend. And I guess in this case, Les Trois Sœurs, it’s a blend of three sisters.

Twisted Sister

But not a blend of Twisted Sisters. Oi.

Domain Les Grands Bois Côtes Du Rhone Cuvee Les Trois Sœurs 2009So what’s in this cuvee? Since it’s from the Rhone region, it will probably have Syrah, and if it’s from the Southern Rhone region it will probably have Grenache and maybe some Syrah and/or Mouverdre. A little research tells me this is 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Carignan (pronounced karen yawn). A little more research tells me this winery is in the Southern Rhone region near the towns of Cairanne and Rasteau.

Southern Rhone Valley

Cairanne and Rasteau are in the middle. Click the map to see it bigger.

(For more information,

I think it’s wine drinking time.

First words out of my mouth were, “Oh, this smells f***ing good.” It’s deep, as deep as its dark ruby color. It smells juicy and fruity. There are some flowers, too. It smells well blended.

I picked up burning wood on the nose right as I took a sip. I thought of Northern Idaho in the winter. Specifically, Sandpoint, Idaho.

The Bridge to Sand Point, Idaho

The Bridge to Sand Point, Idaho. Click the image to see it bigger.

But I usually think of the town with all the great restaurants and bars with great beers and food.

For a small town, it has so much good food. In fact, you won’t Stay Hungry in Sandpoint.

The wine is bit drier than I expected, but yummy with dark berries and dark fruits. I also get some earthiness. And it finishes with some dark chocolate, bitterness, and chalkiness.

Oh, what a fun wine this is, and it’s only $15 at Mahan’s.

Actually, this is pretty big for a Rhone. I like it. It will go good with chicken in garlic sauce.

So I’m going to say 89 points and really pushing 90 for this one. Good stuff.//


in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day eighty-one (Saint Cosme Cotes-du-Rhone 2009) and a conspiracy

Saint Cosme Cotes-du-Rhone 2009 is tonight’s wine, and it comes with a conspiracy. The case that it was delivered in said it was from Gigondas.

Gigondas is pronounced gee gohn dahs. Where the first two syllables are said rather quick so that the n is almost not pronounced and slips into the das, which is a longer syllable. This guy gets close to the pronunciation: hear it pronounced.

The pronunciation is not the conspiracy, though. The conspiracy is that it comes from Gigondas. Gigondas is a small area in France. It’s right in the middle of the southern Rhone Valley.

Southern Rhone Valley

(Click the image. It gets bigger.)

But if a wine come from Gigondas, then it’s considered a Gigondas and not a Rhone. However, if they get their grapes from outside of Gigondas, then can it be considered a Rhone? But then again, the back label reads:

In our family since 1490, Saint Cosme has been built on a gallo-roman site, close to Gigondas, in  the heart of a geological mosaic. The Chapel of Saint Cosme looks down on our vines …

The Old Chapel of Saint Cosme“The Chapel of Saint Cosme looks down on our vines.”

Saint Cosme vineyardSo the winery is close to Gigondas, so it could be a Rhone.  But the delivery, the case says it’s from Gigondas. And round and round we go.

In the end, who cares. Let’s just drink.

But nah. There’s more to this wine. Three more things.

First, what’s “the heart of a geological mosaic”? I think this picture should explain it. (Click it, and it will get bigger.)

Geological Mosaic

And if that’s not enough, check out this information here: Gigondas.

Second, I had the 2008 before, and I wrote about it here. I seemed to think it was ok. But that was the 2008. This is the 2009. And that is the third item.

Saint Cosme Cotes Du Rhone 2008The 2009 is number 88 on The Wine Spectator Top 100 wines of 2010. (You can download this list here: The Wine Spectator Top 100 2010.) The Wine Spectator also gave it 90 points and called it a Smart Buy at $18. And to think I got it for $12. Thanks Mahan’s. (Mahan’s is where I buy my wine. They provide me with lots of wonderful information, including some of the above Gigonda’s information. I love Mahan’s, and so do most people in Brockport.)

Now, it’s time for the wine, and boy do I need it after all of that.

I opened this about an hour and a half ago and poured a glass. It was a brilliant purple grape color but dark, too.

It smells delicious. The nose is floral. It smells darker than it looks. There might be some leather in there. I also pick up some dark berries  and maybe some cinnamon.

This has a little spice to it. I pick up some limestone, too. That must be from the geological mosaic.

There’s probably some tobacco in here, too.

The finish tells me it will go perfect with salmon cooked in a 18-year-old balsamic vinegar glaze as the finish has a similar taste to an 18-year-old balsamic vinegar. So yummy.

Overall, I’m digging this wine and it will go good with the salmon and veggies, but I’m not getting 90 points. Definitely 89, though. And that’s the another conspiracy – Wine Spectator’s #88 ranking and 90 points. Hmm. I’m skeptical.

Anyway, maybe in another year or two it’ll open up a bit. It’s still a bit firm and chewy.//

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