Skip Nav
Healthy Recipes
These Smoothies Are Millennial Pink and Ready For Your Instagram
Beginner Fitness Tips
After Years of Struggling, Here's How I Finally Learned to Do Push-Ups
Healthy Recipes
Here's That Cauliflower Pizza Crust Everyone Keeps Talking About

What Is a Serving of Red Wine?

You May Be Pouring Too Much Wine in Your Glass

We gleefully cheers to the fact that one glass of red wine a day is good for our health, but how much, exactly, is a glass? The answer depends on who's pouring, and the differences in those few ounces can make all the difference.

While a normal serving of wine is five ounces (and 127 calories per glass of red), a recent study found that the size, shape, and location of your wineglass influences how much you pour. The study participants poured 12 percent more when using a wide glass than when using a standard one, for example, as well as when they held the glass instead of placing it on a table. If you have a glass of wine every night, then that 12 percent can really add up. Those extralarge glasses just mean more empty calories, and drinking more than one glass a night can lead to weakened bones and an increased risk of certain diseases. The detrimental effects of a daily "large" glass of wine on complexion was even chronicled by a Daily Mail article in 2013.

The good news is that the wine-pour study found that participants tended to overpour white wine rather than red (since the color contrast of the wine and the clear glass isn't as apparent), so if you are sticking to red for its health benefits, then you may not be overpouring as much as researchers think. Either way, this study is a great reminder to be conscious of when you imbibe; these tips can help you pour correctly.

  • Use a narrow wineglass rather than a wider tumbler or glass when you drink wine.
  • Always pour with your wineglass on the table, not in your hand.
  • When pouring in traditional red-wine glasses (which are larger than white-wine glasses), stop once the wine reaches the "bell," or the widest part of the glass. Usually this will be around four or five ounces.
  • If you like to enjoy a glass of wine every night, then make sure the bottle of wine lasts you five nights; there are about five glasses of five-ounce pours in every 750 mL bottle of wine.
Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Kelly-Schwarze Kelly-Schwarze 3 years
This is such sad news, I liked living in ignorance of my serving size.
What Is the Best Tasting Light Beer?
Rose Forties
NYC Avocado Restaurant Ran Out of Avocados
Crunchy Pasta Toppings
Is Instant Ramen Bad For You?
Baked Eggs in Avocado Recipe
Things You Can Do to Sleep Better
Low-Carb Diets and Weight Loss
Top 10 Highest-Calorie Beers (and the 10 Lowest!)
What to Do When Your Child Has a Seizure

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds