A Visual Guide to Crafting a Low-Calorie Wine

This article is sponsored by Mind & Body Wines.

*Mind & Body Wines per 5 fl oz. Average Analysis: 9.0% Alcohol by Volume, Calories 90, Carbohydrates 4.87g, Fat 0g, Protein <1.0g

If you’ve not yet tried a low-calorie wine, admit it: You’re intrigued. With today’s ever-growing focus on health and wellness, you’ve probably re-evaluated your drinking choices and have maybe even opted for lighter, lower-alcohol beverages. Why should wine be any different? You shouldn’t have to give up mindful drinking in order to sip rosé during happy hour or have dinner’s Cabernet Sauvignon cancel out everything you accomplished during your high-intensity workout.

Enter Mind & Body Wines, a new line of California wines with only 90 calories per glass. Made from premium grapes and with all of the flavor and food-friendliness you expect from your usual bottle, you’ll have no idea it clocks in at 25 percent fewer calories, with half the sugar and less alcohol, too.

Behind this new wine brand is Trinchero Family Estates, a historic, family-owned winery in the Napa Valley. Launched with the goal of enhancing your already wellness-focused lifestyle, Mind & Body Wines fits into vegan and low-sugar diets, and is a smart answer to your simple desire to be more conscious about what you’re drinking with your meal. You are not alone: According to research firm Mintel, 29 percent of drinkers are imbibing less to reduce their caloric intake, and a study by Nielsen found that 21- to 34-year-olds in the United States are 40 percent more likely to drink less than older generations.

Recent technological advancements now make it possible to create a low-calorie wine that can compete on every level —aroma, flavors, mouthfeel — in a traditional wine bottle. By blending well-crafted California wine with dealcoholized  wine, Mind & Body maintains the flavors inherent in the wine while removing some of its calories, sugar, and alcohol.

Although there’s a technical process used to create these wines, it’s very uncomplicated to drink them. The Provencal-inspired Rosé is crisp and refreshing with flavors of fresh strawberries, and the Pinot Grigio is everything you want in an easy-drinking white: delicate floral aromas with notes of tropical fruit and citrus. The Cabernet Sauvignon is made for the dinner table; the wine is complete with savory notes of robust dark berries, dried herbs, and vanilla.

Not to use a gluttonous food reference, but it seems low-calorie wines allow you to have your cake and eat it, too. Since we know you are all about transparency in your oenological endeavors, here is a breakdown of just how Mind & Body wines are made: