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Heavy, boozy red zinfandels and cabernets you usually see served with winter meals can be high in higher in calories.
For example: “Wines from Beaujolais and the Loire Valley of France are lower in alcohol and higher in acidity; and not only do they have fewer calories, they’re also more versatile, so they go with a wider array of foods,” says Jason Wagner, Wine Director at the Union Square Cafe in New York City.
For red, look for a Beaujolais that’s labeled “cru Beaujolais”—meaning it’s from the best vineyards; and for white, grab a muscadet.
“Big, bold wines can overwhelm some dishes and get you drunk faster,” Wagner says. “But these wines can be consumed in greater quantity without getting you wasted. They’re also a great counterpoint to rich holiday dishes.”