5 Rose Wine Nutrition Facts

By: Natalie Kilgore

Rose wine has traditionally been overlooked in favor of red and white wines.
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Let's be honest -- when you think of rose wine, your dainty grandmother comes to mind, not your ultrachic girlfriends, and certainly not your strapping significant other. Rose's reputation for being sugary sweet has made it less popular among wine drinkers when compared with other top wine sellers, like pinot grigio and merlot.

What most people don't know is that many fine roses are fermented dry or unsweetened, far from being high in calories or saddled with a syrupy taste. And what is it about the color pink that turns men off before they take a single sip? It's really too bad, because the naysayers are truly missing out on a very satisfying wine.

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The succulent flavor of a rose makes it a great match for spring and summer menus. Not only does rose wine have a delicious taste, but also, when consumed in moderation, it can actually benefit your health, too. So raise a glass while you uncover five rose wine nutrition facts you probably didn't know before.

5: Rose's Ingredients

Rose wine is usually made by blending red and white wine together. California winemakers commonly make rose with cabernet sauvignon, merlot, sangiovese, pinot noir and zinfandel, European winemakers typically make it from the red grape varieties traditionally grown in their home regions. Any red grape can be used for making fine pink wine.

While red wine is definitely the main ingredient in most rose wines, some white grapes may be blended for added flavor. The ingredients in these wines contain polyphenol antioxidants that may reduce the risk of inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.

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4: Red Grapes and Antioxidants

Wine grapes contain antioxidants and other nutrients in their skins -- a benefit for wine drinkers and their health. Antioxidants fight free radical damage in the body and can elevate good cholesterol. These helpful substances protect the lining of blood vessels in the heart, and scientists believe there could be a link between diets rich in antioxidants and the prevention of cancer, heart disease and stroke.

Wine connoisseurs would argue that the best roses are produced using the "saignee" method, which means "bled" in French. The technique involves lightly crushing the grapes, leaving the skin-and-juice mixture to sit for 12 to 24 hours. During the fermentation process, pink juice is "bled" from the tank to separate it from grape skins, and the rest of the juice remains with the skins; this juice will eventually turn into red wine.

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Not all rose wines are made using this method, but bottles of wine made from high-quality red grapes often contain a higher level of antioxidants.

3: Rose, Red and Resveratrol

Perhaps the most significant nutritional component of rose wine is resveratrol, a compound in the immune system of grapevines found primarily in the grape skins and seeds. It's heart-healthy and has been linked to reducing the risk of blood clots and protecting the body from diabetes and obesity.

Scientists also suggest that resveratrol found in grape skins can help fight carcinogens. Since winemakers usually strain the skins away from rose and white wines early in the production process, those wines contain lower levels of the favorable compound. However, roses made with fine red grapes will have traces of this beneficial antioxidant, so rest easy when drinking a chilled glass of pink wine. Consumed in moderation, it could give your health a boost!

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2: Cardiovascular Benefits

Cheers! Rosé wine contains resveratrol, which may protect the body from cardiovascular disease.
Cheers! Rosé wine contains resveratrol, which may protect the body from cardiovascular disease.
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Many scientists suggest that wine, especially red varieties, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

Studies show that people who drink one-half to two standard drinks per day have a 25 to 30 percent lower chance of developing cardiovascular disease than nondrinkers. This finding is likely due to the presence of resveratrol, the powerful antioxidant that produces potent anti-thrombotic agents.

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Of course, the best way to avoid cardiovascular disease is by eating healthy and exercising regularly -- but according to scientists, that glass of wine with dinner won't hurt, either.

1: Does This Rose Make Me Look Fat?

Maybe it's the candy pink color or sugary sweet taste, but there's a common misconception that rose wine is high in calories. People might be stunned to find the opposite to be true -- many roses are low in sugar, making it diet-friendly for anyone who's watching the scale.

A 5-ounce glass of pinot grigio has 122 calories, but rose wine has only 82. Those who stick to a low-carb diet will also be delighted to learn that rose wines are also usually low in carbohydrates; an average size glass has just 3 carbs per serving. Just think -- with all the calories saved by choosing rose over white wine, you can enjoy a slice of cheesecake, too!

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