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Why buy a bottle which tastes like vinegar or like pop when you can buy something really good? Here I share the approximate syns for wine so you can choose the best low syn wine for you!

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Just Average Jen is an independent blog and in no way connected with any weight loss plan and no contributors have been trained by them or worked for them. It is the reader’s responsibility to check Slimming World syn values, WW points and any other allowances themselves as those given are approximate.

Choosing the best wine without checking the syns or calories

In general, a good rule of thumb is that the lower the alcohol percentage the lower-calorie the wine is. Whilst this isn’t usually the case it should give you a starting point.

If you want to make your glass of wine a bit healthier or last a bit longer you could always add low-calorie lemonade or soda water.

How many syns are in wine?

I always look at the % vol of wine to see how strong it is, do you? Partly because I hate really weak wines, yes Lambrini I am looking at you, partly because of the differing syn values. Low syn wine should still be nice, shouldn’t it?

Essentially the higher the vol % the higher the syns. Red wine is marginally lower in syns but not by much I am afraid!

For the purposes of this post, I am going to presume that you all drink either a 175ml glass of wine or a 250ml glass. If you drink less you will need to do the maths!

Alcohol-free or very low alcohol wine is always lower syns but in my opinion not anywhere near as nice so definitely not the perfect wine!

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Red wine syns

Red wine, for example, a 175ml glass of 10-12% vol wine is 7 syns approx whereas a 12.5-13.5% is 8 syns approx. If you choose a 14% or above wine then the same size glass is 9 syns approx. Not much difference really is there.

For 250ml glasses syns are 10-12% vol 10 syns approx, 12.5-13.5% vol 11.5 syns approx, and 14% and above 12.5 syns approx.

bottle of wine with corkscrew and glass

White wine syns

White wine is worked out in a similar way. Firstly for a 175ml glass with 8-10% vol you are looking at 6 syns approx, for 10.5-12.5% vol it would cost you 7 syns approx and for 13% vol and above it would be 8.5 syns approx.

For 250ml glasses of 8-10% vol white wine, you would use 9 syns approx, a glass of wine with 10.5-12.5% vol is 10 syns approx, for a 13% of high vol wine then you would use 11.5 syns approx.

Rose wine syns

Rose wine is almost the same as white wine. Firstly for a 175ml glass with 8-10% vol you are looking at 6 syns approx, for 10.5-12.5% vol it would cost you 7 syns approx and for 13% vol and above it would be 8.5 syns approx.

For 250ml glasses of 8-10% vol white wine, you would use 9 syns approx, a glass of wine with 10.5-12.5% vol is 10 syns approx, for a 13% of high vol wine then you would use 12 syns approx.

selection of bottles of wine

How Many Syns In A Bottle Of Prosecco?

If you choose 11% vol prosecco, which most is then a 125ml glass is usually 4 syns approx.

Choosing a great low syn wine

If you know which wines you like then it is always a good idea to try similar ones from the same country or grape. Be brave because you never know as you have got older your tastes are likely to have changed. A red like Diecianni Pimitivo (Zinfandel 2017) is delicious and perfect to try if you like other Italian reds.

On the whole, I would always avoid a reduced wine, unless it is reduced merely because some spilt on the label. The store has stopped doing it for a reason, that reason could be it is disgusting!

An independent wine sellar is always a good start as you know they really know their stuff when it comes to wine. This knowledge base gives you great tips on choosing the right wines for you.

I am loving the white wine range from this site too with this Malvirà Saglietto Arneis 2016 not being something I would have been brave enough to try myself but absolutely perfect for me! I usually never sway from Pinot Grigio as I know I like it but it turns out I like so many others too!

What wine do you like? Do you have any low syn wine choices that you would recommend I try?

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  1. Dear Jen,
    I am really excited with all the information you are sending me.
    I am an ex slimming worlder. I now suffer from Osteo Arthritis in my feet, ankles and knees. So I struggle to walk very far. Also I have a large rugby ball sized hernia which pops out when I try to do a sit-up.
    And so I am trying very hard to lose weight the lazy way.
    I am counting calories and converting them to syns 20 cals per syn.
    However I will continue to follow your guides as best I can.
    As regards walking, since the onset of Covid I have been an armchair addict, on Monday I started to do a 20 minute stagger, with the aid of a walking stick, around where I live. Today the same distance took me 15 minutes. This morning my weigh-in was 3½lbs lost in two days.
    Enough of my waffling on, I just wanted to thank you for all the help you are giving me, keep the e-mails comming
    Regards