This is a questions that we are asked surprisingly often, and therefore we decided to expand upon our previous article and try to answer it a bit more in-depth. If you have any questions or comments after reading this, please leave us a comment below.
Whether you are looking to enjoy a glass of wine simply to relax at the end of the day or looking for something that pairs nicely with your meal, Pinot Grigio is a wine that is great for both. It can range in sweetness as well as in flavor, but it has very little or no nutritional value when it comes to dieting. For those people that are looking to limit their calorie intake, it is wise to know what to expect from any of the beverages that you choose and this is true for Pinot Grigio as well. On average one can say that;
- One glass of Pinot Grigio, which is 5 ounces, contains an average of 122 calories.
The calories in Pinot Grigio are empty calories, meaning there is no nutritional value to them, but they must be considered if you are counting calories in your diet. They are often all carbohydrates as well, which is hard on those that have to watch their carb intake.
Wine glasses range in size, so it is important that the glass that you are using is taken into consideration if you are to properly measure portion sizes. Some glasses may hold more than the 5 ounce serving size, and therefore may provide more calorie intake if you do not actually measure what you are pouring.
Not all Pinot Grigio wines are the same
Different kinds of Pinot Grigio often have different amounts of calories, so it is also important to take that into consideration as well. Although the numbers are not greatly different, for some people it does make a difference in their diet.
Pinot Grigio calories are determined by the kind of grapes that are used to make the wine, as well as the alcohol content of the wine. The higher the alcohol content is in the wine, the more calories that it will have. This is decided by the maker of the wine and where it is produced.
Where the grapes are grown does not really make a difference in the amount of calories that are in the wine, only the kind of grapes that are used. The grapes that are used also make a difference in the overall taste of the wine.
Alternative white wines for dieters
There are other types of wines that have fewer calories, such as Gamay and Riesling, and there are also those that have more calories than you might be willing to ingest in one small serving. Different producers use different methods of making the wine and this will make a difference in the overall taste, alcohol content, and other nutritional value. Even though the nutritional value may be different, it will still be minimal regardless of the kind of wine that you are drinking. Pinot Grigio offers a range of different flavors and alcohol contents, making it one of the better wines to choose from.
Look at the wine label
Choosing a glass of wine to go with dinner is something that is based on individual preference and the meal that you are eating, but there are definitely times when you need to know what is in the wine that you choose. Whether you are dieting or simply watching what you eat for personal reasons, knowing the nutritional value, or lack of nutritional value, are often important.
The best way to know for sure what you are getting out of your favorite Pinot Grigio wine is to check the labels for calorie information. A glass of wine every now and then will not hurt the diet that you are on, but be sure to know how much you are drinking and limit your intake to fit your personal situation. This makes it easier to relax at the end of the day with your favorite glass of wine.