What Is the Alcohol Content of Each Type of Wine?

We've all heard it before: drinking a glass of red wine every night can be a relaxing inclusion in one's healthy lifestyle. Drinking an entire bottle every day, though, isn't widely considered to be beneficial. It probably isn't even narrowly considered beneficial, although most of us have a cousin (or a "cousin") who drinks an entire bottle of merlot every evening and still is fit, functioning and fun.

Besides your cousin, there are obvious detrimental aspects to drinking 750 milliliters (that's about 25.4 ounces or five glasses) of wine every day. Beyond the silly, including but not limited to seemingly permanently purple-tinted teeth, going number one twelve times in one evening, and dialing your ex's number, calling them all of those things that you called them the last time you drank an entire bottle of wine solo-style, there can be some serious adverse effects on your health. What we're focusing on in this piece is alcohol content and, thus, calorie-based.

Before you say, "Check please," we'd like to help inform you about the alcohol and, thus, the caloric content of some commonly enjoyed varietals. Wines are mostly be made up of alcohol and carbohydrates, so don't blame us if we're skeptical when we hear that drinking a glass of wine can be just as healthy as an hour at the gym.

Types of Red Wine

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Cabernet Sauvignon

Considered to be a medium-high alcohol wine, Cabernet Sauvignon from places like California and Washington have sweeter grapes which translate into a higher alcohol content.

ABV: 13.5 to 14.5 percent
Calories per glass: 123


Malbec, from wineries located in warmer climates such as Argentina, tend to be on the stronger side all things considered. Try pouring this wine below the standard 5 oz pour line when serving.

ABV: 13.5 to 15 percent
Calories per glass: 125


Similar to the Cabernet in alcohol percentage, the Merlot is a good choice for a dry red wine.

ABV: 13.5 to 14.5 percent
Calories per glass: 122

Pinot Noir

With a percentage of 11% to 14% the wine alcohol content of a Pinot Noir (perhaps from a winery in Oregon) varies greatly. This is the average alcohol content of a glass a wine, which a 5 oz pour is encouraged.

ABV: 11 to 14 percent
Calories per glass: 120

Syrah or Shiraz

Coming from Australia, these two bold wines are considered to have a high alcohol content as far as wine goes. An Australian shiraz would pair beautifully with beef.

ABV: 14 to 15 percent
Calories per glass: 120


This red wine can either be fortified with a distilled neutral spirit or can be naturally high in alcohol. A California Zinfandel pairs great with a leg of lamb or even pork ribs. A White Zinfandel however has a slightly lower ABV.

ABV: 14 to 15.5 percent
Calories per glass: 129


Dessert wines like Sherry tend to have a higher alcohol percentage and are made to be enjoyed in a smaller glass.

ABV: 15 to 20 percent

Calories per glass: 150

Types of White Wine

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A medium-high alcohol white wine, Chardonnay grown in warmer climates tend to have a higher ABV.

ABV: 13 to 14.5 percent
Calories per glass: 123

Kabinett Riesling

Sparkling wines like this sweet German riesling tend to have the lowest alcohol as well as calories. It's almost like drinking grape juice...almost.

ABV: 8 percent
Calories per glass: 90

Côtes du Rhône

The white wine from France falls under the medium alcohol content category. The French red wine of the same name falls under the same percentage.

ABV: 11.5 to 13.5 percent
Calories per glass: 123

Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio

An Italian Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio runs at an average percentage. The cooler climates of Italy make these grapes a bit of the bitter side compared to grapes grown in places like California.

ABV: 12 to 13 percent
Calories per glass: 122

Did these numbers meet your expectation? While alcohol varies between type of between, if you're drinking a whole bottle, it won't matter anyways. You'll still be drunk as a skunk on Sunday.

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