January 02, 2022 by Arden Montgomery
Best Wine for Diets
It’s been a wild ride these past few years. And 2022 for many has marked the first in a while that we’re not immediately jumping on an intense regimen of self-improvement resolutions. We’re taking our time, easing into it, and seeing what else the world has in store before we decide that cutting carbs is actually the right choice for us this time around.
So, a couple months in, you might just be getting around to making some resolutions, shaking off some of those wintery nibbling habits, and rethinking your relationship to those tasty treats that have kept you company during the darker season. Might.
Luckily, as long as you’re sticking to just one or two glasses a night, wine is a perfectly fine thing to continue to imbibe on most diets.
Here we’ll pause to let you breathe a deep sigh of relief before we continue.
What to look for in “diet” wines
In general, if you’re trying to get a handle on your overall consumption, you’ll be looking for wines which are low in sugar, and low-er in alcohol. In wine speak, these will be bottles labeled as either dry, or light-bodied.
The body of wine broadly refers to its alcohol content: light-bodied wines tend to be lower in alcohol, generally under 12.5%, where medium and heavy will contain a higher percentage of ethanol. Light bodied wines include Pinot Noirs, Rieslings, and Gamays.
The dryness of wine refers to its sugar content – sweet wines sit opposite dry wines on this particular spectrum. Dry wines will, of course, have a less sweet flavor generally and are often more acidic than their sugary cousins, but nonetheless delicious. These include Cabernet Sauvignons, Pinot Grigios, and Sauvignon Blancs.
If you’re striking out on a more specialized dietary mission, there is also a wide selection of vegan and allergy-friendly wines on the market which may require a little extra research to find, but are oh-so worth the trouble.
Best wines for diets
Here are a few favorites from the Argaux collection that promise to be resolution friendly.
- 2020 Dönnhoff Estate Dry Riesling – $27
This genre-defying Riesling packs all the punchy flavors we expect from a more classic bottle, but with none of the same saccharine sweetness. Leave it to Dönhoff.
Delicious florals and citrus dance on the palate of this exquisite wein, supporting an ultimately savory character that will make you forget you ever drank anything with a more sugary profile. Pairs perfectly with Pad Thai.
- 2020 Storm Single Vineyard Presqu’ile Gamay – $38
Light in body but bold in flavor, this fruity, spicy wine promises to replace all other guilty pleasures in the coming months with its delicious redness.
Farmed organically and fermented with native yeasts, this feat of viticultural minimalism is best served chilled alongside a heaping plate of delicious and diet-friendly roast veggies.
- 2019 Flâneur La Belle Promenade Pinot Meunier – $36
Leave it to Oregon to make an incredible (vegan!) red wine that pairs so very well with all things animal.
Drinking this wine is like wandering through a garden full of ever-ripe fruits whose flavor is just as delicious as their aromas which perfume the summery air. Spices, berries, and botanicals delight both the nose and the tongue with every sip. Cheesecake who?
- 2020 Storm Santa Ynez Valley Sauvignon Blanc – $26
Wine newbies are always surprised to learn that Sauv Blancs are considered dry. Maybe that’s because their fruity, floral flavor profiles trick the drinker into thinking they’re sipping on sweet nectar instead of fermented grape juice.
This Sauv is no different. A California staple, the Storm offers flavors of tropical fruits, mown grass, and delectable minerality to help you wash down your loaded summer salad.
- 2018 Piro Points West Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley – $32
One of our collective favorites just happens to be a diet-friendly and ridiculously delicious Pinot Noir. Lucky us.
For a light bodied wine, the Piro offers a luxurious aromatic array which gives layer after complex layer of earthy, deep, and rich flavors including strawberry jam, rosewood, blood orange, and tobacco. The palate is like planting your roots in rich soil, with medium tannins and deep minerality.
- NV Champagne Delavenne Père & Fils Brut Nature Grand Cru – $55
A dry, vegan Champ that tells you celebration is absolutely still on the table, even if your cut of cake is just a little bit smaller this time around.
Described as “pure,” and made with absolutely zero added sugar, drinkers get a full view of the Champagne terroir which fronts fresh fruits, stoney minerals, and just a touch of salt at the finish.
Argaux can help
Whether you’re making some long-term lifestyle changes or doing a temporary reset, Argaux can help you figure out how to stay healthy while still keeping your favorite drink in hand.
So whatever your diet looks like – keto, vegan, low-carb, low-sugar, allergy-friendly – we can help you find a wine that works. Our Pocket Somm application allows you to text in real time with our team of expert sommeliers who will connect you with a wine in the Argaux collection that meets all of your needs.
Or if you’re looking for more information, then check out our Wine 101 to learn about different types of wine.