Wine has always been an important part of diet, gastronomy and conviviality and has been changing from an important source of nutrition to a cultural complement to food.
Drinking wine in moderation during meals is part of the well-known and appreciated Mediterranean diet and lifestyle. The French Gastronomic meal, recognised by UNESCO in 2011 as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, also includes moderate wine intake. In some countries like Spain, with a strong tradition of wine as part of a balanced diet, wine has been recognised by law as food.
A balanced diet is a key element for a healthy lifestyle. Excess both in eating and drinking will only create harm. Quality as well as quantity are important when talking about a balanced diet.
That’s why it is important to choose carefully what you drink and what you eat, appreciate slowly and avoid excess.
To find out the number of calories contained in a glass of wine or in a bottle of wine, please refer to the following pages.
The calories contained in alcoholic beverages mainly come from ethanol (1 g of alcohol = 7 Kcal). Thus, a drinking unit of 10 g of alcohol contains 70 Kcal.
Nonetheless, the exact caloric content of wine depends both on the alcohol and the residual sugar that remains after the fermentation of the grape juice into wine (1 g of sugar = 4 kcal).
Therefore, the total calories of wine products can vary from vintage to vintage and depending on the type of wine (dry, semi dry, semi-sweet, sweet).
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The alcohol content of alcoholic beverages varies from one beverage to the other. By legislation the alcohol (ethanol) content by volume (% abv) has to be indicated on the label of alcoholic beverages.
A Drink Unit or Standard Drink indicates the average content of pure alcohol expressed in the most common units of consumption, although serving volumes and consumption guidelines vary across countries depending on culture and tradition.
Serving sizes vary from country to country, making cross-cultural comparisons difficult. Most typical serving sizes for still dry wines are 125 ml and 175 ml. For fortified/liqueur/sweet wines the serving size is usually smaller.