Many of us have started the New Year with a list of resolutions, this writer has, and losing weight is at the top of my list. I thought this would be a perfect time to do a story on a lower calorie wine.

Most brands list the alcohol content. So, check the label. The wine may have an alcohol content as low as 8 percent, or as high as 15 percent.

Younger, lighter wines such as rieslings, and champagne and sparkling wines come in on the low side. Reds tend to be higher in alcohol, although there are some wonderful lower-alcohol reds (often Pinot Noirs), and some high-alcohol whites.

Fortified wines, like port, are generally very high in alcohol. Once you know the alcohol content, multiply the percentage by the number of ounces per glass, and the result by 1.6. Thus, a five-ounce glass of 8 percent wine is 64 calories per glass; and a glass of 15 percent wine is 120 calories. Alcohol Percentage = Calories per 5-ounce glass 10 percent = 80 calories.

Consider starting off the New Year with a Joseph Phelps 2011 Sauvgingon Blanc. While it is 13.5 percent alcohol, this is a relatively low amount compared to deep reds or ports. Made from 100 percent Sauvignon grapes, the winery was established in 1973 by Joseph Phelps. The wine is produced in Napa Valley and goes great with a goose pate or creamy Gouda! Crackers are a must.

DILLS SCORE

Each week I will give you my Dills Score: I have added points for value. I'm starting with a base of 50 points; I added 8 points for color, 7 points for aroma or “nose”, 8 points for taste, 8 points for finish, and 9 points for my overall impression, which includes my value rating.

Dills Score: 90 Joseph Phelps 2011 Sauvignon Blanc

Price: Retail $30 on Sale, around $22 at most area supermarkets