LONDON: If you love wine but you are also watching your weight, high street giants Marks and Spencer has launched a bottle of wine that has 50% less calories.
Weight-watching wine-lovers will be able to enjoy guilt-free glasses of Sumika Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Rosé.
The £7.50 vino contains only 50 calories per 100ml glass – whereas a normal tipple has up to 100.
Sumika – which means “light” in Japanese – was made exclusively for M&S by Journey’s End winery in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Despite being low-cal, experts have insisted the wine has not compromised on taste or its 8.5% abv alcohol content – unlike other lighter drops.
Lower alcohol wines are usually made from inexpensive base wines passed through a spinning machine to remove alcohol content, with sugar added to improve the taste.
The Sumika wines are a blend of superior wines that go through the same spinning technology but have non-fermented grape juice added.
The white Sauvignon Blanc is described as “light, elegant and refreshing with flavours of elderflower, passion fruit and peach.”
And the Shiraz is “rounded and smooth with a hint of oak, this wine has mocha, blackberry and spice notes”, according to the retailer.
Wine critic Jilly Goolden told: “This is a breakthrough. So far low-alcohol and low-calories have been a great disappointment. Some are disgusting. But this is a great step forward.”