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30 Second Wine Tasting Tip:
Counting calories: Diets and wine
You don't have to be a dietitian to understand that the traditional "beer belly" didn't get its name from carrot sticks and dry toast. But how about wine? If you're trying to shed pounds, is total abstinence necessary?

Well, maybe not total abstinence. But moderation and good judgement certainly apply. Although wine contains no fat or cholesterol, you can't drink a lot of it without showing the results on your waistline. The exact calorie content of wine varies depending on both its alcohol and sugar content, so a strong, sweet wine like Port will deliver a substantially larger calorie count than a dry table wine of normal strength.

Based on nutritional data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a 5-ounce glass of dry red or white table wine will pack around 125 calories - not much less than the 150 calories in a 12-ounce bottle of beer or even the 160 calories in an 8-ounce glass of whole milk. A 5-ounce ration of rich dessert wine can go up to 225 calories or even more ... in the same caloric territory as a 2-inch wedge of cheesecake.

If you're following one of the currently faddish low-carbohydrate diets, moreover, you may want take wine off your bill of fare for the duration. A five-ounce glass of dry white table wine may have 1.25 grams of carbohydrates, while a similar portion of red may go up to 2.5 grams; sweet wines will have substantially more.

But for most of us, it's certainly practical to include wine in a good moderate lifestyle of sensible eating and exercise. Cut back on sweet drinks and fatty snacks, and you'll have plenty of room in your diet for a little wine; and if you think you need to diet seriously, consult your physician for advice.

Have you dealt with working wine into a diet regimen? If you'd like to talk about it, send me E-mail at I regret that the growing circulation of the "Wine Advisor" makes it difficult for me to reply individually to every note, but I'll answer as many as I can; and please be assured that all your input helps me do a better job of writing about wine. Please feel free to get in touch if you'd like to comment on our topics and tasting notes, suggest a topic for a future bulletin, or just talk about wine.

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30 Second Tasting Notes
Roederer Estate Roederer Estate non-vintage Anderson Valley (California) Sparkling Wine ($18.99)
Another candidate for New Year's Eve toasting (or enjoyment at any time of year), Roederer Estate, the U.S. property of the historic Champagne house of the same name, is widely recognized as one of the best California sparkling wines. Pale straw color, it shows unusually high carbonation even for a sparkler, with a persistent foamy mousse that froths up like the head on a beer and hits the nose with a bit of a prickle. Past that, it offers good fresh-apple and milk-chocolate aromas, with good fresh fruit flavors, crisp and very tangy acidity. (Dec. 3, 1999)

FOOD MATCH: Demonstrating the versatility of good sparkling wine at the table, it marries well with roast Cornish hens.

30 Second Wine Link
In one of our early editions, I recommended the excellent website run by my pal Tom Cannavan, a wine lover and educator who lives in Scotland. Now Tom has given his pages a thorough renovation, and they're even better than before! I'd encourage you to visit, and bookmark,

Wine Lovers' Voting Booth
Following up on last week's opinion survey on dessert wines, the new topic in our Wine Lovers' Voting Booth asks a simple question: When do you drink sweet wines? After dinner, with dinner, as an aperitif? Please drop in and cast your vote; then see how your answer compares with those from fellow wine lovers around the world.

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Vol. 1, No. 46, Dec. 6, 1999

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