My day job as an Online Marketing Account Manager revolves around the world of Google. I’m actually a wee bit of a nerd when it comes to online marketing, all that talk of search engine optimisation, pay-per-click advertising and content marketing really gets me excited. Scary I know!
The best bit is when my love of online marketing clashes with my passion and addiction to the world of wine. These little overlaps are freakn’ awesome!
Recently when I was researching blog post ideas I came across this very cool Google function which basically brings a calculator up on the search engine result pages (SERPs) to tell you how many calories are in different types of wine. It even gives you the fat, carbohydrate, iron content and more of specific wine types. Totally cool if you ask me.
Actually this cool wee table of Google’s (pictured to the right), may in fact help you discover what wines will provide you with more nutrients…
- Fluoride in wine, it helps fight tooth decay
- Manganese in wine is a great antioxidant for the brain, liver and nervous system
- Potassium in wine is good for the heart
- Iron in wine helps deliver the all important oxygen to your body
- Vitamin B6 in wine for energy
- Vitamin B2 in wine is another goodie for feeding your body with oxygen
- Phosphorus in wine for digestive aid, bone strength and hormone balance
- Choline in wine for your memory and liver
So I translate this cool function of Google’s to mean that they’re wanting me to drink wisely. I.e. cut out those bad foods so I can drink more wine and put more of the above nutrients into my body. That sounds about right hey?
How does it work?
I simply typed the words “wine calories” into google.com.au and it popped up.
You then choose your wine type from the 19 different grape varieties listed (okay so there’s not that many, but the most common varieties are there).
From the next drop down you can then choose your measure from 29.5grams, 100grams or 148grams. As a FYI, millilitres and grams are equal. Therefore 100 grams equals 100 mils.
So.. how many calories in a bottle of wine then?
Once you have your 100 gram calorie amount, divide this by 2 (to get the per 50gram amount) and then multiple this by 15 to get the standard (750ml) wine bottle calorie count.
E.g. 100grams of Chardonnay = 84 calories, divide by 2 = 42, multiplied by 15 = 630 calories per bottle of Chardonnay. Dinner sorted for tonight then?
Of course it’s not an exact science as each and every wine is different but it will give you a general idea.
What makes different wines have more or fewer calories in?
What determines the calories in wine is the alcohol level of the wine, the sweetness of the wine (sweeter = more calories) and of course the serving size as mentioned above.
I can’t get enough of Wine Folly’s infographics and it just so happens she has put an ultra cool one together to help you work out how many calories of wine is in your glass (see this below and for the original article click here). Or how I like to look at it, how many calories I need to burn off in order to balance out my wine intake for the week!