The average 5-ounce serving runs between 100-120 calories. This figure, excuse the pun, is alcohol dependent. The higher the alcohol content of a wine, the more calories it packs.

11. Which has more calories, a dry wine or a sweet wine?

Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram. Carbohydrates have 4 calories per gram. This means that off-dry wines with some residual sugar can actually have FEWER calories per glass than dry wines.

In the fermentation process, grape sugars are converted into alcohol. If a wine ferments to dryness leaving no residual sugar, it has a higher alcohol content than a wine whose fermentation is arrested in order to leave behind a little sweetness. In other words, most off-dry wines have inherently lower alcohol levels because of how they are made.


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As alcohol delivers more calories than sugar, the dry wine, despite being "sugar-free," can actually have a higher calorie count.

12. What is a buvette?

In French, a buvette is a drink among friends or a small informal gathering at a bistro where one might spend an hour in conversation, catching up.

13. What French wine region volumetrically leads the world in the production of dry rose?

Provence. In fact, 85 percent of Provence's total wine production is of pale persuasion

14. What financial family has established a brand new champagne house and debuted their first bottling in 2012?

The Rothschild family.

15. At what temperature should red wine be served?

Light-bodied reds should be served between 55-65 degrees and fuller bodied reds between 62-68 degrees. In other words, cool-cellar temperature not room temperature.

16. During the Gold Rush, what was the No. 2 most requested libation? (Whiskey was No. 1.)

Red Zinfandel, a wine often referred to as "whiskey in a wine package."

17. What is the principal ingredient of Calvados?

Apples.

18. Why are there such huge stylistic differences midst the Côtes du Rhône wine category?

The Côtes du Rhône blend, as mandated by law, refers to the percentage of grapes in the ground, not in the bottle. Within this wine category, the producer dictates wine style. The blend is at his discretion.

19. What was the first wine region in France to intentionally and consistently produce a sparkling wine?

Languedoc.

20. What red grape variety was immortalized by the film "Sideways"?

Pinot Noir.