Skinnygirl Wine Not Worth the Skinny Savings in Calories

Sexy skinny girl with glass of Champagne

By Mr. Picky

Have you ever tried Skinnygirl wine? It sort of taste like wine but has a highly processed taste and not a hint of terroir or soul. I’m not sure how they reduce the calories but the result is a bland, anemic wine.

The main selling point of Skinnygirl wine is that it’s low in calories: It contains 100 calories for 5 ounces or 20 calories per ounce. By contrast, most red and white wine contain 125 calories for 5 ounces or 25 calories per ounce. By drinking Skinnygirl wine you are only saving 25 calories per glass.

Is it worth $15 a bottle? I think not. Why not drink slightly less of a good glass of wine or burn those extra 25 calories by jump roping for 3 minutes, doing jumping jacks for 3 minutes, or walking for 30 minutes?

Drink Better Wine, But Less of It

Elegance-measuring-wine-glassNot up for the extra exercise? Drink 4 ounces of great tasting wine instead of 5 ounces of Skinnygirl wine. You will enjoy the wine so much more and feel better the next day. There are aisles of better tasting wine out there for about the same price or less than Skinnygirl wine. And to help you measure your wine in a subtle, elegant fashion, check out our Measuring Wine Glasses, which measure 4, 6, and 8 ounces. Pour to the 4oz dot, sit back, and enjoy your wine guilt-free.

Most good wine shops and grocery stores carry wine for under $15 that make Skinnygirl wine taste like spiked Welch’s Grape Juice. If you’re local to Santa Barbara County, I highly recommend Carpinteria Wine Company and The Wine Hound. Each have knowledgeable staff members who can help you select a nice bottle of wine for around $15 or less. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Altovinum 2011 Evodia Old Vines Garnacha, Calatayud, Spain, $6.99 (The Wine Hound)
  • 2012 La Fenêtre A Côté Rosé Santa Barbara County, $14.99 (The Wine Hound)
  • 2011 Pali Pinot Noir Riviera, $16.99 (Carpinteria Wine Company)
  • 2011 La Playa Sauvignon Blanc, $5.99 (Carpinteria Wine Company)

For those of you who live outside of Santa Barbara, here are some bargain picks you can find at most grocery stores:

  • 2011 La Playa Sauvignon Blanc, $6.59-8.99 per bottle (Amazon.com)
  • 2011 Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha, $11.99 (Costco)
  • 2011 J. Lohr Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir (Vons: With Vons Club, $9.99; $8.98 if you buy six). This is a lovely, velvety Pinot Noir that compares to many $20 bottles of Pinot I’ve tried.

Toss the Skinnygirl Wine: Other Low Calorie Wines

Refuse to drink less? Here are three wines, courtesy of myfitnesspal.com, with about the same, or slightly lower, calorie counts than Skinnygirl. The catch is that these are also lower in alcohol:

  • Twin Vines Vinho Verde: 19.67 calories per ounce
  • Gazela Vinho Verde: 19.67 calories per ounce
  • German Spatlese Riesling (Dr. Hermann “H” 2009): 18.3 calories per ounce

In summary, Skinnygirl wines are simply not worth the small savings in calories. We drink wine because we like the taste, it helps us relax, and because it’s good for us in moderation. So ditch the Skinnygirl and pick up a bottle of wine that is worth drinking. You can always do those jumping jacks to make you feel better.

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