Going on a diet is one of the hardest things to do. Mainly because it involves eliminating food that makes you happy for foods that make your taste buds sad.
When eliminating high calorie and high sugar foods from your diet, one of the first things to go is alcohol, but there are a few wines that are fine to keep enjoying.
RELATED: Wines to Save and Splurge On
Wines to Save and Splurge On
Wines to Save and Splurge On
Save: Cabernet Sauvignon
It’s super easy to make wine with this durable grape, known for thriving in most conditions. Bad weather? Bad soil? No problem. Even when winemakers are working with cheap grapes, it’s pretty hard for them to mess up a bottle. When you know you’ll be drinking from a plastic cup (hi, trans-Atlantic flight), opt for a cab sauv.
Splurge: Pinot Noir
This guy is much the opposite of cabernet sauvignon. Pinot noir, the Princess and the Pea of the grape family, is thin-skinned and picky. Growing conditions need to be just right to achieve those warm stonefruit and berry flavors you know and love. Cheap pinots that haven’t been given that level of care and attention just aren’t very worthy of your taste buds.
Save: Sparkling Wine
Great news, it’s your BFF’s birthday. We give you full permission to buy a $12 bottle of bubbly. Champagne might be fancy, but like a designer purse, you’re really just paying for a brand of grapes that come from a tiny area in France. Look for Cava, a dry, elegant and fruity sparkler from Northern Spain that’s made exactly like Champagne. Another great option is Crémant wine, grown next to the Champagne region. When in doubt, look for bottles labeled “Metodo Classico” or “Spumante,” which means they were made using the traditional Champagne method.
Chardonnay sometimes gets a bad rap for tasting cloyingly sweet or just generally “oakey.” That’s because cheapo brands often skip the real oaking process and add artificial flavors which cause mega wine hangovers. Oaking, or aging wine in oak barrels, costs a pretty penny. But it works miracles on Chardonnay, causing the tannis to become less intense and the taste to be smoother. Yes, it’ll impart subtle hints of creme brûlée and brown sugar—but not the flat vanilla notes that make somms cringe.
Save: Vinho Verde
Everyone and their grandmother knows Port. But have you met its unfortified cousin, Vinho Verde? It tastes like a boozy, gloriously dry limeade you never knew you needed on a hot day. And because it’s from Portugal, an up-and-coming wine country, you can score a fantastic bottle for under $10. There, we said it.
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Studies have proven time and again that red wine is good for your heart health and isn't bad for a diet focused on weight loss either.
According to a registered dietician, Tanya Zuckerbrot, Merlot or Pinot Noir are good choices for those counting calories.
However, if white wine is your drink of choice, for less than 85 calories and a gram of sugar per glass you can have your choice of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc or White Zinfandel.
A little alcohol to look forward to at the end of a day of veggies might just help you stick to your plan!