|Pay attention to how much booze is in your glass|
However, for the sake of your health, it's not a bad idea to seek out lower-alcohol wines if you're drinking at home or in a restaurant. The difference between a pleasant night out and a DUI can hinge on whether the bottle you chose for dinner came in at 12% or 14-16% alcohol. It doesn't sound like much of a spread but in fact a couple can share a bottle of Sancerre (a French sauvignon blanc, about 12 percent) and not be intoxicated. If they'd downed a bottle of almost any California cabernet or zinfandel, however (at least 14.5 percent), they could be a danger to themselves and others if one got behind the wheel.
Another bonus: there are significantly fewer calories in lower alcohol wines.
The Portuguese white wine, Vinho Verde, comes in as low as 8-9% alcohol, as do some Italian sparklers such as Asti Spumanti or Moscato. German rieslings also tend to contain only 8-10 %.
Here are a few lower-booze wines to look for:
- Ulrich Langguth Riesling, 10% abv. - Germany
- Domaine Hemelin Chablis, 12% abv. - France
- Dezzani Asti Spumante, 7.5% abv. - Italy
- Luna Argenta Prosecco, 11% abv. - Italy
- Grandial Blanc de Blanc, 11% abv. - France
- Bardolino, 11.5% abv. - Italy
- George du Boeuf Beaujolais Villages, 12.5% abv. - France