One of the winemakers that we’ll be visiting in the 2014 New Zealand trip (Unison Vineyards) has an email moniker that begins with “FoodisWine.” Each time I communicate with him it reminds me not only of the nutrition in wine, but equally importantly, the notion that wine is meant to be consumed with food.
What exactly is the nutrition in a glass of wine? Many of us who guard our calories know that a regular 6 oz pour of dry wine contains about 150 calories. Nearly 90% of these calories come from the alcohol. White wine is the same as red. Sweet wines obviously contain a larger number of calories and are directly related to the amount of sweetness and alcohol content of the wine. A Sauternes, for example, can have nearly twice the number of calories than its counterpart dry wine.
Some of you may not know however, the following trivia about the nutrition in a glass of wine:
· 14% of the calories come from the wine’s carbohydrates
· There is no fat
· 10% of the recommended daily requirement of manganese
· 5% of the recommended daily requirement of potassium
· 4% of the recommended daily requirement of iron
· Sodium is present in miniscule amounts
· Vitamins A, B6 and K exist (albeit in tiny quantities)
· Small amounts of riboflavin and niacin are offered
· Other minerals include calcium, magnesium, phosphorous & zinc
The biggest health benefit of wine is not its nutritional value but rather its protective cardiac action. Check out my previous posts on this subject: