Are we ready for low-calorie wines?
Eva Pilipinas Inc.This new import company officially started business just this March 2013, and is headed by the very genial Vadim Mishin (a Kiwi citizen of Russian descent) and two Filipino business partners. The three partners are all alumni and former classmates at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. The vision of the company is to bring the best New Zealand food & beverage products into the Philippines, and wines became a natural mix into their portfolio. It also helped that Vadim is a good friend of Rob Cameron, the owner and winemaker of Invivo Wines – one of the fastest rising New Zealand wine brands in the world. Invivo Wines, formed barely five years ago, has been making headlines by winning very prestigious international awards, especially for their Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, including Decanter World Wine Awards, Sydney International Wine Competition, Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition and the London Sommelier Wine Awards.
Low alcohol, low calorie wines
The invivo way
Crunching calorie numbersA gram of alcohol is roughly seven calories, and a percentage of alcohol is equivalent to roughly 8 grams per liter. So the total calories per bottle of 750ml of wine at average of 13.5 percent is 567 calories (8gms x 75 percent x 7 calories x 13.5 alcohol). A regular glass of 125 ml., 1/6 of each bottle will therefore give you 94.5 calories (567/6). This one is just on alcohol content, then we add the relatively low residual sugar of say five grams per liter, with each gram roughly four calories, and once again converted into a 125ml. glass, the subsequent number will be 2.5 calories (5gms x 75 percent x 4 calories). Note that this looks small, but many of the sweeter wines like Moscato would have over 50 grams of residual sugar easily. Therefore, calories for low alcohol sweet wines may in fact be equal to high alcohol dry wines. The Invivo wines on the other hand, are immediately 30 percent lesser in calories because of its lower alcohol, and these are very good relatively dry wines. In fact, the Bella wines are one of the very few wines I know that contains a nutritional panel, containing a calorie count in their back label.
Tasting notesI had a chance to taste the two low calorie wines from Invivo, plus their two award winning regular alcohol strength wines at the Via Mare Oyster Bar in Greenbelt 3, and below are my notes: Bella Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (9.5 percent alcohol) - `gooseberry nose, longan, grapefruit, taste quite light and fresh, good citrus, easy and very quaffable wine; the nose still show very typical Marlborough aromas despite its lighter alcohol’ Bella Marlborough Rose 2012 (9.5 percent alcohol) - `made from 70 percent Sauvignon Blanc and 30 percent Pinot Noir, fresh strawberries, floral, subtle elegance, tangy acid, light, refreshing and crisp finish; a real aperitif wine treat’ Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (12.5 percent alcohol) – `zesty lemon, capsicum, good herbal notes, excellent acid backbone, long and deliciously citrusy at the finish’ Invivo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011 (14.5 percent alcohol) - `violets, fruit jam, cinnamon, complex nose, earthy and leafy, supple tannins with slight tartness, and a bitter-dry finish; may need more bottle aging to reach its potential’ With the imminent implementation of Republic Act 10586, or the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013, the Bella low calorie wines may be a great wine to consider. The Bella wines in my tastings showed real Marlborough flavors in both Sauvignon Blanc and Rose, at 30 percent less alcohol, and the perk of lesser calories too. It is time we support this government in this new law, and drink responsibly, and maybe, drink lighter as well. For particulars on Invivo Wines, please call Eva Pilipinas Inc. at (02)843-1031, or check out their website at www.evapilipinas.com.ph.
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