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Low Carb Wines

With as many as 60 million Americans avoiding carbohydrates while following "low-carb" diets such as Atkins and the South Beach diet, the question "What is the carb rating of a wine" is frequently asked. So much so, that a US regulatory decision in early 2004 permitted wine producers to market their products as "low-carb wines" provided they disclose nutritional information on the label.

The regulation permit the use of "low-carb" on any wine containing fewer than 7 grams of carbohydrates in a 5-ounce glass. In fact, virtually all dry table wines, and most off-dry bottlings, can easily meet this requirement. Only the sweeter style of White Zinfandels and other mass-market "blush" wines, and of course sugary dessert wines, fail to meet the threshold.

A number of wine producers now market their wines as "low-carb". If you would like to find out the carbohydrate level of your favorite wine, contact the winery directly and ask them for the analysis. Alternatively, you can ask your wine stor for the calorie specifications of your favorite wines.

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