Photos by Emily Sanchez of Emily 5 Photography
I love wine, but I love working out too. To me, it’s like: “Oh I worked out to day, beer me a wine.” Thus, completely undoing my workout, but hey. It’s called balance. I discovered a new brand of wine on Instagram that lets you have your wine and drink it too. It’s half the sugar of normal wine, with a great taste.
FitVine Wine was created by a group of v active people (CrossFit, cycling, running — you know the type). The fermentation process differs from most wine, in that the wine goes through the malolactic fermentation process and perform dry fermentation with no residual sugar levels. AKA, all the sugar in FitVine Wine is naturally occurring. Grapes are also 10/10 and high quality.
Per 5 oz. glass, the Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc wines are only 90 calories with 3g of carbohydrates at 13.4% alcohol, while the reds, Cabernet and Pinot Noir, are 95 calories with 3.4g of carbohydrates at 13.9% alcohol.
You can order online, or find FitVine at Central Market.
I got to try all four of the wines, so lemme tell you what I think, in my very expert opinion. Qualifying merits: Drinking wine p frequently for the past 5ish years, constantly making “wine not” puns and never saying no to pinot.
FitVine Wine, in order of preference
Pinot Noir 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷
I started strong and grabbed the Pinot Noir first. Initially, I was sipping just for photos, but then I realized, oops my glass was empty, and I was NOT mad about getting a refill. I really was expecting FitVine to be “good for a low-cal wine,” but I think this Pinot Noir was good for a Pinot Noir! I’m more of a white drinker, so this is even more of a compliment.
Sauvignon Blanc 🍷🍷🍷🍷
Sauvignon Blancs, depending on the day and temp, are my favorite wines (along with Pinot Grigios!). My priorities on Sauvs are: cold, crisp, fruity and easy to drink. This Sauv was all of the above. I will say, probably because I’m somewhat of a Sauv expert from drinking it so frequently, it’s not my favorite compared to other wines I’ve had. However, I think I’ll take the 90 calorie solid Sauv over something else most days.
This Cab is basically tied with the Sauvignon Blanc in terms of ranking. FitVine knows how to do red wine for sure. This wine too is pretty great on its own, and not just for a low-cal wine. I want to make a sangria out of this wine! Or serve it with a steak salad. One of the two very different things.
Anyone who knows me knows that I HATE Chardonnay and I absolutely refuse to drink it — especially when someone describes the taste as buttery (skin crawl!!!). It’s for this reason alone that the Chard is at the bottom of my FitVine Wine list. HOWEVER, this is probably the best Chardonnay I’ve had in a while, which remember, I rarely drink it, so take that with a grain of salt. The Chard was way less like a normal, thick and buttery Chardonnay, and more light like a Pinot Grigio. It was super easy to drink and not too overwhelming. If you like Chardonnay, you might be a little unimpressed with it, but since I don’t, I found it very refreshing. (I also want to make a sangria out of this!)
What my friends said
My wine score did not match up with my friends’ this time around, which makes sense because everyone has different wine preferences! Here’s what my friends thought of the wine we sipped (brought the bottles to book club, since I’m the best book club member ever.)
Chardonnay is my go to wine, always. This is eh. It has the after toungue tingle of a normal chardonnay, but tastes lighter. I would chose to drink this in the beach, pool or watching the Bachelorette alone, but not at a house party or nice restaurant.
Pinot Noir 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷
A good, solid red. I’d drink this anywhere, anytime.
If I were going to a party and wanted to bring a bottle, I would not be embarrassed to bring either of the reds.
Given that these are all “diet wines” or “healthy wines”that changes the perspective. If I was in the mood to drink, or was day drinking all day, FitVine here I come. In other words, it’s good.
I loved the reds, on target as far as the taste I expect from a Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. The whites struck me as lighter versions of what I expected, but I’m a Pinot Grigio drinker so wasn’t surprised when I didn’t gravitate as much towards the whites — the Chardonney and Sauvignon Blanc. I’d say fewer calories and less sugar, the reds are a good bet.
Grab your gals and your yoga mat for a workout with a FitVine Wine postgame. Oh, and am I invited?