There is without a doubt a growing throng of rosé wine aficionados. And the popularity of this blushing alternative to white and red wine shows no sign of abating, with a 2020 market report from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association showing a 22% increase in rosé wine sales.
The rosé wine fan base has been building since the early 2000s, as consumers started to actively seek out light and refreshing wine options. From 2020, the trend for sparkling rosé took hold, further fuelling demand in the pink wine category.
Why is rosé wine so popular?
Rosé wine is made using a unique technique which involves macerating red grapes in their skins for a few days to gain the characteristic pink colour, before being fermented.
Sitting slap bang in the centre of the flavour profile, rosé wine tends to pair well with pretty much everything, from salads and chicken, to steak and chips and even that sneaky mid-week takeaway. And with so much choice, from pale to dark and sweet to dry, there is something to suit everyone’s taste.
Rosé wine is a sociable drink, and a great ingredient for cocktail mixologists too. Freeze a bottle and add a pinch of sugar and a few strawberries to create an alcoholic strawberry slush (what else could it be called other than frosé?), or create your own version of a Long Island Iced Tea by blending rosé wine with tea, blueberries and bourbon.
But before we get too carried away and let our taste buds take over, let’s get back to the question in hand. How many calories in a bottle of rosé wine?
What affects the calorie content of a bottle of wine?
We all know it’s important to live healthy, low-calorie, low-fat lifestyles. But when the wine is so tantalisingly tempting, that’s not always such an easy task. Unfortunately, like many things that taste amazing, wine does contain calories.
Calories are basic units of energy in food that our bodies need to function. We need calories, but if we take too many onboard, we might not burn them all off. And those unburnt calories have the potential to turn to fat.
Calories come from a whole bunch of sources. With wine, they come from the sugar found in grapes, aka fructose. The higher the sugar content of the grape, the more calories your bottle of wine will contain.
One way to check how many calories your bottle of wine could potentially be carrying is to look at the alcohol content. Alcohol and calorie content are directly related, since they both come from the fructose in the grape. Different types of wine will therefore have different calorie counts.
Alcohol by Volume (ABV) is what you’re looking for on the bottle. This tells you what percentage of the wine is pure alcohol. An ABV of 12% for example means that 12% of the bottle is pure alcohol.
How many calories in a bottle of rosé wine 750ml, more or less than white or red wine?
So just how many calories are in a bottle of rosé wine, and does rosé wine carry more calories than a glass of white or red?
Red wine tends to have a higher calorie count than white and rosé wine. A typical 750ml bottle of Pinot Noir with an alcohol content of 13.5-14.5%, for example, will contain around 565-595 calories. A typical bottle of Merlot of similar alcohol content will carry in the region of 610-625 calories. In terms of a 150ml glass, that’s around 113-119 for the Pinot, and 122-125 for the Merlot.
White wine tends to be lower in alcohol content than red wine, and will therefore carry fewer calories as a rule. A typical 750ml bottle of Sauvignon Blanc of 10-11.5% alcohol by volume (ABV), for example, will carry around 540-595 calories, which is around 108-119 per 150ml glass. Other varieties at the drier end of the scale, such as Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio, carry similar calorie counts. Sweeter white wines, such as Riesling with an ABV of up to 13.5%, can carry anything from 580 to 615 calories per bottle, or 118 to 123 per 150ml glass.
Now to the key question, how many calories in a bottle of rosé wine 750ml? This is actually a little more difficult to answer. Rather than being categorised by grape, rosé wine is usually labelled according to the region in which it was produced. So we’re looking at more of a general idea of calories per bottle of rosé wine.
A bottle of rosé wine may carry anything from 415 to 735 calories, translating as 83-147 calories per 150ml glass. This is quite some range, so if you base your count on the alcohol content, you’ll get a better idea. A California White Zinfandel tends to have an ABV of around 12.5% or less, for example, whereas rosés from Spain, Portugal or France can range from 12.5-13.5%.
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