If you’re on the popular Keto diet, you may have to give up a few of your favorite treats. Is wine one of them? It turns out that you can still enjoy a very dry red wine or white wine in moderation. That dryness is key to a good Keto wine. Just what does that mean?
Why Dryness Matters for Keto Wine
A good Keto wine should contain very little residual sugar. In the winemaking process, yeast consumes the grape sugar to produce alcohol. That process might be stopped early to create wines with a bit of residual sugar left over. A lot of wines have some residual sugar because it complements and blends into the taste well. A very dry wine is one where that process is allowed to continue, and so it has very little residual sugar.
Be aware that ‘dry’ is also used to describe a taste quality – not all wines that are described as dry cut this sugar down that much. They can still have as much as 30 grams of residual sugar per liter.
Look for These Measurements
Your target should be a wine with low alcohol content of 13.5% ABV or lower. It should feature a residual sugar measurement that’s in the single-digits of grams per liter. A cabernet sauvignon is your best bet when looking for a very dry red wine, and wines like chardonnay and riesling will often fit the bill among white wines. This should offer you wines with less than 1 gram of carbs per serving, and that keeps the calories around 110 or less per glass (150 ml).
Sparkling wines also tend to have low residual sugar. If you’re having trouble finding this information, you can look for a tech sheet. These are easy to find at most wine sellers online. If you’re in person, most shops should be able to supply them.
What Should I Avoid?
It probably won’t come as a surprise that sweet wines and dessert wines have a great deal of residual sugar. These might be off the table, except for cheat days or as a special treat. Off-dry wines probably won’t fit the bill either. Wines that have alcohol content on the high side (such as shiraz or zinfandel) are high in sugar, too.
Keep in mind that moderation matters. The great part about a good Keto wine is that you can have one or two glasses a day without breaking the diet.