A Doctor Reveals The Low-Carb Wines to Sip While Trying to Be Healthy

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Let's be honest: No matter how many ways you try to spin it, alcohol isn't exactly a healthy choice. Sure, studies suggest that red wine has cognitive and cholesterol benefits and that moderate consumption can be good for you, but drinking puts pressure on your liver and metabolism, which is not ideal if you're partaking in a low-carb meal plan like the keto diet.

Dubbed "the fastest-growing diet of 2018," the ketogenic diet is one that includes low- or no-carb foods. Yes, that means some alcohol is on the menu. But as Andreas Eenfeldt, MD, author and CEO of Diet Doctor, points out, not all drinks are created equal. "There is a huge difference between different kinds of alcoholic drinks," he says. "The short version: Wine is much lower in carbs than beer," says Eenfeldt. "Pure spirits, like whiskey and vodka, contain zero carbs."

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Champagne is relatively low in carbohydrates, as is sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, and chardonnay. Ready to see which wines you can enjoy while on a low-carb diet? We've rounded up the best varieties to sip and savor.

The Four Lowest Carb Wines
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Champagne and Sparkling Wine

Containing just 1.5 grams of carbohydrates per five-ounce serving, champagne is the best wine to order on a low-carb diet.

Opt for dry varieties instead of sweet wines, which usually contain more sugar.

Chandon XO Rebecca Minkoff Winter Limited Edition Brut
Chandon XO Rebecca Minkoff Winter Limited Edition Brut $15

Fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff teamed up with Chandon to design this party-appropriate metallic bottle, which contains the brand's classic brut.

Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label
Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label $30

This signature champagne by Veuve Clicquot is dominated by pinot noir and best paired with shellfish or duck.

Pretty Young Thing Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $23

This sparkling drop is dry and light-bodied with notes of grass, green apple, and guava. 

Sauvignon Blanc

Coming in at second place is sauvignon blanc. If you'd rather avoid bubbles, this is the best white wine to order based on carbohydrate content. A glass of sauvignon blanc only contains about 2.7 grams of carbohydrates per serving.

Josh Cellars North Coast Sauvignon Blanc
Josh Cellars North Coast Sauvignon Blanc $14

With bright citrus aromas and layers of peach and melon, this fresh sauvignon blanc is among our favorites.

Diviner 2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Diviner 2016 Sauvignon Blanc $20

This crisp, vibrant sauvignon blanc is light and pairs well with salads and cheeses.

Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc $13

This is a crisp wine with citrus notes from esteemed sauvignon blanc wine region, Marlborough, New Zealand. 

Pinot Grigio

One glass of pinot grigio contains 3.2 grams of carbohydrates per 5-ounce glass, making it a reasonably healthy choice for keto dieters. However, if your server brings out a large goblet, you might need to double this figure.

Barone Fini Pino Grigio
Barone Fini Pino Grigio $14

A delicious medium-bodied drop with notes of apple and pear and a crisp finish, sip on this pinot grigio while enjoying a light pasta dish or seafood.

Callie Collection Pinot Grigio
Callie Collection Pinot Grigio $12

The winemakers at Callie Collection describe this wine as "light straw in color [with] a bouquet of melon, citrus, pear, and flinty mineral notes."

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2014 $23

"This wine is pretty fine and as good as anyone's pinot grigio," says wine critic Wilfred Wong of Wine.com. It's clean, crisp, and medium bodied. 

Pinot Noir

Prefer red wine? Pinot noir is among the best varieties you can order as it contains about 3.4 grams of carbohydrates per serving. On the other end of the spectrum is moscato, port, sherry, and zinfandel, which all have higher carbohydrate content.

Bonterra Pinot Noir 2016
Bonterra Pinot Noir 2016 $18

Made with grapes from Mendocino County vineyards, this pinot noir is complex, bright, and fruit forward.

Robert Modavi 2014 Pinot Noir Reserve
Robert Modavi 2014 Pinot Noir Reserve $67

With notes of red cherry, cinnamon, and sage, this reserve is described as clean and elegant with spicy, cedar notes.

Meiomi Pinot Noir 2016 $20

With blackberry, mocha, and rich oak notes, this pinot noir has plenty of depth and complexity. 

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