We all want to enjoy ourselves but as is often the case the things we enjoy most are not always the best for us! Sparkling wine has recently attracted attention with some brands pushing it as a low calorie and low sugar option.
This is understandable given many people are looking for something that tastes good but is maybe not quite so bad for you.
There have been a number of Skinny prosecco and low sugar proseccos hitting the market in the last couple of years making claims about being low calorie.
The thing to consider for all of this is that alcohol is derived from the reaction of sugar and yeast. So all of these wines have had some sugar in them from somewhere, most often from the grapes themselves in the original fermentation.
The alcohol content in itself will contribute calories as well, so a skinny prosecco may just have a lower alcohol content than a more traditional sparkling wine.
Sugar Content in Wines and Prosecco
The sugar content that is referred to on a bottles label is the sugar that is left in a bottle once the fermentation has been completed.
When wines are described as dry it means they are lower in sugar, anything described as Brut has less than 12g of sugar in the final bottle. Whereas an Extra dry wine is from 12 to 17g, dry is 17 to 32g and demi-sec is 32 to 50g per bottle.
Renegade and Longton Sparkling Wines
With this in mind at Renegade and Longton, our wines only have 6g of sugar in the final bottle making them Brut (meaning you should only be having 1g of sugar per glass, depending on your glass size of course!).
We want to make the wines in this way as normally when new flavours are introduced to alcohol, be it as a gin, cider or wine a lot of sugar is added as this is the easiest way to sell something new.
We believe the British public are more discerning and would like the opportunity to try new flavours without all the sugar! Therefore, our wines could be considered low calorie sparkling wine options by the standard of both other sparkling wines and also compared to other fruit flavour options.
The claims made by sparkling wines to be low calorie and low in sugar should be taken with a pinch of salt or should we say sugar. As of course ultimately these brands are all trying to sell alcohol.
But in general when comparing sparkling wines to other drinks such as cider or gin liqueurs they are considerably lower in sugar. Meaning you can indulge and feel slightly less guilty! After all life is all about the occasional excess.