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'Low-Carb' Wines

Millions of us are now avoiding carbohydrates, and following low-carb diets such as Atkins and the South Beach diet. Naturally, the wine lovers among us ask 'what is the carb rating of a wine?' and 'can I drink wine on a low-carb diet?'. For an entire region devoted to tasty, semi-sweet, low-carb wines, see Moscato d'Asti.

US law defines 'low-carb' wine as containing fewer than 7g of carbohydrates per small glass. Wine producers may market their products as 'low-carb wines' provided they disclose nutritional information on the label.

A particularly famous low-calorie wine is Germany's Blue Nun Light Riesling. Below is a shortlist of other recommended low-carb/low-calorie wines.

Apart from sugar content, the amount of alcohol in a wine also contributes to its overall calorie count. While an alcohol-free wine will normally have 30-35 calories in a standard glass, a sweet fortified wine may contain up to 180 calories. Therefore, the lighter the wine in alcohol content, the lower its total calorie count.

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