From drowning out rowdy barflys to cutting loose with friends, there are tons of reasons to sip some wine this weekend.
Why wine, you ask? Because many other alcoholic beverages are simply subpar. Party cocktails are typically calorie-laden crapshoots and beer can make even the slimmest person uncomfortably bloated. Wine, on the other hand, is reliable. You always know what you’re going to get when you order a glass of red, white or bubbly. (Still prefer stout to sauvignon? Check out our exlcusive list of The Best & Worst Beers for Weight Loss.)
While we do love wine, as you’ve likely just gathered, we are also big proponents of drinking in moderation. If you’re not careful, those innocent glasses can add up quickly! To help you stay slim through 2015, we’ve put together a list of 16 wines—nearly all of which are well under 120 calories per glass. And the good news keeps on coming: In addition to being waist-friendly, they’re all easy on the wallet and widely available, so you won’t have to search far and wide to find them.
Sparkling Wines and Champagne
A glass of bubbly is festive, light and effervescent. Stock up on a few bottles to get through all of your celebratory affairs. Everyone looks classier with a champagne flute and appreciates a bottle as a gift!
<strong>Low Alcohol (below 11% ABV)</strong>
Yellowglen Sparkling Pink 65 Soft Rosé (Per 5 fl. oz: 65 calories, 6% ABV)
Blossom Hill Sparkling Moscato (Per 5 fl. oz: 115 calories, 6.5% ABV)
<strong>High Alcohol (above 11% ABV)</strong>`
Lunetta Prosecco (Per 5 fl oz: 110 calories, 11.5% ABV)
Laurent-Perrier NV Ultra Brut Champagne (Per 5 fl oz: 98 calories, 12% ABV)
Need another reason to enjoy a glass of cabernet? A Journal of Biological Chemistry study found that a compound found in red wine can actually block the growth of fat cells. The drink also has high levels of resveratrol, a polyphenol that helps lower blood pressure and “bad” LDL cholesterol. It’s a win-win!
<strong>Light Alcohol (under 13.5% ABV)</strong>
Cupcake Vineyards Chianti (Per 5 fl. oz: 111 calories, 12% ABV)
Blossom Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (Per 5 fl. oz: 114 calories, 13% ABV)
<strong>High Alcohol (over 13.5% ABV)</strong>
Cavit Cabernet Sauvignon (Per 5 fl. oz: 112 calories, 15.4% ABV)
Yellow Tail Shiraz (Per 5 fl. oz: 120 calories, 13.5% ABV)
Sweet White Wines
Everyone loves a light and refreshing sweet white; they make great hostess gifts for those who aren’t big fans of reds, especially for those who have a lot of white carpeting.
<strong>Light Alcohol (under 9% ABV)</strong>
The Skinny Vine Thin Zin (Per 5 fl. oz: 89 calories, 7.3% ABV)
Yellow Tail Moscato (Per 5 fl. oz: 114 calories, 7.5% ABV)
<strong>High Alcohol (over 9% ABV)</strong>
Cavit Riesling (Per 5 fl. oz: 120 calories, 11.6% ABV)
Sutter Home Riesling (Per 5 fl. oz: 130 calories, 12.5% ABV)
Dry White Wines
If sweet whites give you a sugar rush, buy a few bottles of the dryer varieties. All of our picks come in under 112 calories a glass. It doesn’t get much better than that!
<strong>Light Alcohol (under 12% ABV)</strong>
Brancott Estate Flight Song Sauvignon Blanc (Per 5 fl. oz: 88 calories, 9% ABV)
The Skinny Vine Slim Chardonnay (Per 5 fl. oz: 86 calories, 8.5% ABV)
<strong>High Alcohol (over 12% ABV)</strong>
Cavit Collection Pinot Grigio (Per 5 fl. oz: 109 calories, 12% ABV)
Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc (Per 5 fl. oz: 111 calories, 13% ABV)