A new brand of prosecco boasting half the amount of sugar of regular brands has launched for the health-conscious alcohol consumer, containing just 67 calories a glass.
Skinny prosecco has been created by Thomson & Scott and is currently available on the menu at Zizzi restaurants across the UK, or by the bottle in Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and Brown Thomas.
The company is currently in talks with major supermarket chains to have it stocked more widely for people looking to keep an eye on their sugar intake, according to The Telegraph, and could be on shelves as early as spring next year.
The amount of sugar in food and drink and its effect on people’s health is currently under scrutiny by the Government, and restaurants such as Pizza Express, Starbucks and McDonald’s have reportedly been told to reduce the amount of sugar in their deserts or be prepared to make them smaller.
Typically, a glass of prosecco contains around 80 calories. It is already noted as one of the more diet-friendly alcoholic drinks, as it is contains far fewer calories than a large glass of wine (around 228 calories) or single vodka and tonic (around 97 calories).
The Skinny prosecco boasts just 67 calories per glass, and while this is a good 13 calories lower than average, the real gain is in the sugar content. The new drink claims to contain seven grams of sugar per litre, which is around half of regular proseccos, which contain between 12 and 15 grams per litre.
10 best proseccos
10 best proseccos
1/9 Waitrose San Leo
This pale, creamy-textured prosecco has flowery notes and a light peach flavour that makes it ideal for turning into a Bellini by adding peach juice. On its own, it is delicate, yet well-balanced and very easy on the palate, making it a great crowd-pleaser.£6.99, waitrose.com
2/9 Prosecco Asolo Bele Casel
Be sure to have a second bottle cooled and ready as this is so good that one will never seem enough, particularly if you’re drinking it with friends. Dry with clean, fresh fruit flavours including grapefruit and peach, at least you can console yourself, at 11 per cent proof, it’s relatively light in alcohol. £12.95, bbr.com
3/9 Aldi Valdobbiadene
This complex flavoured, stylish bubbly has an undertone of peach and apple, making it a great option as the Autumn sets in. Particularly refreshing and delicate, but also lightly creamy, it comes from North East Italy. £7.49, aldi.co.uk
4/9 M&S Prosecco Zardetto NV
M&S do an impressive range of proseccos, all of them boasting the hallmark lightness and fruity taste, but our vote goes to this particularly vibrant, off-dry and pronounced sparkling wine from the heart of the Congegliano hills, which makes an ideal apéritif or party wine.£11.99, marksandspencer.com
5/9 Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry
Even those who usually stay clear of sparkling wines, for fear of them tasting too acidic, seem to be turned by this stunning, light and delicate prosecco, which is fabulously aromatic and zesty. Enjoy this thirst quencher on its own or with seafood.£12.99, majestic.co.uk
6/9 Bisol Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Cartizze
This doesn’t come cheap, but it’s such a delicious sparkler that this faintly off-dry prosecco is well worth the extra money if you can afford it. Beautifully floral, with a slightly creamy nose, it is full on the palate, with a particularly elegant, uplifting finish.£31.99, selfridges.com
7/9 Rude Wines Prosecco Valdobbiadene
This award-winning dry fizz is an excellent value alternative to Champagne. Vibrant straw yellow in colour, it has an elegant floral bouquet and is fabulously fruity, while remaining refreshing on the palate.£12.99, rudewines.co.uk
8/9 Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference
Refreshing but not too dry, this is a perfect drink for warm days or evenings – anytime really. Particularly light and fruity, it is frequently on special offer, although a prosecco of this quality is still a bargain at just a tenner. £10, sainsburys.co.uk
9/9 Tesco Finest Bisol
This award-winning, deliciously soft sparkling wine is a top choice for a budget-friendly wedding drink, thanks to its wonderfully fresh and delicate taste of just-ripe pear flavours, along with its elegant finish and bubbles that aren’t too intense.£8.99, tesco.com
Thomson & Scott is founded by Amanda Thomson, an ex-BBC broadcaster who changed career and studied for a diploma in wine at the Le Cordon Bleu School. She was raised as a vegetarian on a no-sugar diet, and has channelled her upbringing into her business, which also produces low-sugar champagne.
Ms Thomson said her aim is “to be completely open about what we’re drinking and cut sugar where it’s not needed”.
“We’re not counting calories, but we share them for transparency,” she added, stating that her mission “is for us to drink better and cleaner”.Reuse content