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How Many Ounces in a Glass of Wine?

How Many Ounces in a Glass of Wine?

If you look at the picture above, that’s the difference between a 5 ounce pour and a 4 ounce pour.  Keep reading and I promise I’ll show why that’s so important. So this is a question that does come up every so often, but how many ounces are there in a glass of wine?

The real answer, it depends on the amount of alcohol in the wine you’re drinking, but I’ll try and give you a good guideline.

First, according to the Centers for Disease Control a glass of wine is considered the following:

  • 5-ounces of wine (12% alcohol content).

The second part is what’s important there.  12% alcohol content, in America…..doesn’t really exist.  Sure I’ll see Riesling or some other white wine that sometimes hits that level (honestly, I remember the last 11% alcohol content wine I saw, because it’s so rare in this wine marketplace), but Chardonnay from California (the most common order in America) averages close to 14%.  I’d venture a guess that 15% is closer to reality than is 12%, especially for red wine.

The difference doesn’t seem like much at first blush, but there’s a fundamental different as you open your bottle of wine.

Secondly, it’s important to note that there’s about 25 ounces in a bottle of wine.

So under the CDC guidelines, that says there are 5 glasses of wine in each bottle.  But there’s not, because the alcohol content is actually quite a bit higher.  So instead of 5 glasses, there really are suppose to be 6. I think this is where a lot of people can easily drink too much, many people will tell you there are only 4 glasses in a bottle of wine.  But really, there’s 50% more for much of what we drink.

So how many ounces in a glass of wine?

It’s 4 ounces.

Yeah, I know, you were probably hoping it would be 5 like everyone says.  But it just isn’t because the type of wines that we produce have changed so much over the years.  Especially on the red wine side of things, there’s literally zero chance of that being true any longer.

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