Summer is right behind the corner, and many people are starting to get on diets that require them to cut out sugar. However, being on a diet doesn’t mean you have to cut out everything you enjoy.
Although you can trade candies and chocolate for sugar-free alternatives, swapping out alcohol can be difficult. Is there nothing better than a glass of crispy Sauvignon Blanc after a long day at work?
So, can you still enjoy your favorite Sauvignon Blanc, even on a diet? Let’s get into it and find out!
Is Sauvignon Blanc high or low in sugar compared to other white wines?
Before diving into specifics, let’s first figure out where the sugar in wines comes from. Now you may be thinking that the answer is “obviously from the alcohol content,” but it actually isn’t!
The sweetness of most wines stems from the residual sugar in the contents. When wine grapes are being fermented, the yeast S. cerevisiae feeds on the sugar in the grapes to make the alcohol.
The more the yeast feeds on the grapes, the less residual sugar will be present at the end of the process.
Unfortunately, wine labels usually don’t list the amount of residual sugar in the wine, so you will have to look elsewhere to find which wine is the lowest in sugar. A general rule of thumb is the dryer a wine, the less sugar it will have.
The average dry white wine will have under 10 grams of sugar in each bottle, and this applies to Sauvignon Blanc as well. In fact, this wine is among the white wines with the lowest sugar content.
Sauvignon Blanc has around 3.75 grams of sugar in a bottle meaning there are about 0.75 grams in a glass. So, unless your diet is too restrictive, you can even squeeze more than one glass!
How about compared to red wine?
It is a well-known fact that red wines tend to have less sugar than all white wines. This is because compared to white wine, darker grapes are used to make red wines, and the skin of the grapes is still present when they undergo fermentation.
This is why, aside from having less sugar, red wines also contain many antioxidants that have many health benefits. The average glass of red wine contains about 0.6 grams of sugar which is much less than the 1 gram of sugar in an equivalent glass of white wine.
However, Sauvignon Blanc only has about 0.75 grams of sugar per glass which isn’t too different from a glass of red. So if you want to lower your sugar intake but prefer white wines over reds, then Sauvignon Blanc is the right choice for you!
Chardonnay has a bit more sugar per glass (0.9 grams) but is still one of the low-sugar options for white wines.
Stay away from Moscato and Zinfandel, which contain close to 2 grams of sugar per glass, which is on the much higher end of the spectrum.
It’s probably already implied, but dessert wines will be your enemy. These sugary wines contain about 8 grams of sugar per glass which will surely contribute to going over your daily limit of sugar.
Are there some brands of Sauvignon Blanc that are lower in sugar?
As with most foods and drinks today, you are sure to find a low-sugar alternative to your favorite wine, Sauvignon Blanc.
The brands will vary depending on the region you live in, so there aren’t any specifics. Your best bet is to go to the nearest shop and check out what your options are.
You can then do some research on these brands and figure out which has the lowest sugar content. Some winemakers will even state on the label that these are specifically low-sugar alternatives, so you know you can’t go wrong with those wines.
Generally, Sauvignon Blanc is one of the white wines with the lowest sugar content, so a single glass won’t do much harm even if you don’t find brands that are lower in sugar.
Final thoughts on Sauvignon Blanc’s Sugar
Sauvignon Blanc is a very popular wine that’s loved by many, and it’s also a wine with comparatively lower sugar content.
With only about 0.75 grams per glass, it’s the go-to option for those who love white wine but are trying to lower their sugar intake. So even a diet can’t stop you from enjoying a glass of your favorite crispy white!