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Understanding calories in Sparkling Rosé wine

Wondering if you may be adding some extra calories to your diet by drinking Rosé or any other wine? Calories in Sparkling Rosé wine rank among the lowest when compared to other wine, but before getting into details for Rosé we need to understand wine calories in general.


Calories in wine come from leftover alcohol and sugar from the fermentation process. The highest wine calories tend to be the ones with the highest alcohol content per volume, and here is why. Alcohol has about 7 calories per gram as opposed to carbohydrates or sugars which have about 4 calories per gram. Fun fact: sweet wine has fewer calories than dry wine!


To briefly calculate the calories in a glass of dry wine, multiply the alcohol by volume percent (ABV - found in the back label of a wine bottle) by the glass volume and then multiply it by the number of calories per gram (7). For sweet wine, we also need to add the carbs' calories by multiplying the sugar level per volume, by the glass size and the calories per gram of sugar (4). For example, a 6oz glass of wine (about 170 grams) with ABV of 14% and 50 g/L of sugar has 166 calories from alcohol and 34 calories from carbs.


Calories in Sparkling Rosé wine


In general, calories in Sparkling Rosé wine are fewer than the calories found in high alcohol and high sugar red and white wine. The shorter maceration and fermentation time for a Rosé converts less sugar into alcohol, which also means fewer calories. Rosé is meant to be a lighter and refreshing type of wine with alcohol by volume (ABV) ranging from 9% to 12% which is low on average. Our Sparkling Rosé wine BORN ROSÉ BRUT has 11,5% ABV and around 113 calories for a 5oz flute. While most red wine sits around 14-15% ABV.


There are various methods to produce Sparkling Rosé wine: the classical method and the Charmat method. We won't get into the details of each method here, but classical method Sparkling Rosé have an extra dosage of sugar and alcohol which also means more calories. The amount of sugar added varies depending on the wine being produced. For example, some Sparkling wine known as BRUT have almost no sugar added, while sweeter variations known as DEMI-SEC have as much as 50g/L added to the mix. The Charmant method used to produce our Born Rosé Brut does not add additional sugar to the wine-making process.


As you may expect, calories in Sparkling Rosé also depend on the grape variety used. Some varieties are sweeter than others and the more sugar the grape has, the higher the calorie content of the wine. Our Born Rosé Brut is made with 100% Pinot Noir grapes which are known to produce some of the most renowned dry wine with low sugar content.


How many calories are considered low in wine? We can say that a Sparkling wine with around 100 calories per glass has a low-calorie content, but beware, Rosé Lover, the low alcoholic content means it is easier to consume in excess and stack up on some extra calories. Always drink responsibly, enjoy and keep the calories under check!