Keto is shocking to many people. From the encouragement of saturated fats to the discouragment of carbs, there are many guidelines to sticking to keto that are atypical of standard nutrition advice. We won’t get into my opinions on this now, because I have something SO much more exciting to talk about with you. Let’s talk alcohol and keto! Specifically, my top 10 fav wines (and pairings) for keto.
When selecting wines, it’s important to note that you’ll be looking for dry wines only. This means you’ll have to kiss the moscatos and roscatos and zinfandels goodbye. Sorry about it, fam. Once you’ve cut sugar for a little but, though, you’ll find that dry wines taste a little more like sour juice than straight ass. I used to be a moscato girl, and I promise that change is possible.
This list is full of the best-tasting dry wines for keto that are out there. I know it’s hard to pick a good one when the shelf is full of stuff you’ve never tried (hello, we can’t all afford to be a sommelier) so I did some of the dirty work for you. Also, these pairings are totally based on my personal preferences. If you see any of your faves on here, give me a shout out in the comments!
Disclaimer: If you struggle with addictions (even if your addiction is not alcohol-related), you may be more susceptible to developing an alcohol-related addiction and should not consume wine (keto or not). Please take the safest approach when consuming alcohol. Only drink when you have reached legal age and never drink and drive. Alcohol has a much more concentrated effect on your body when you cut carbs (and maintain keto for a long time). This may be further compounded by dehydration, exercise, and intermittent or extended fasting. Always drink water in between alcoholic beverages and be sure to eat something afterward and take an extra serving of electrolytes before bed. Oh, and one more thing- your body will prioritize burning that alcohol before it will go back to burning ketones for fuel. Because of this, alcohol may stall any planned weight loss. Limited consumption is best for weight loss, and I only drink here and there now that I’m maintaining.
I say all of these things because I care about you. Please drink responsibly.
Ok, now that we have that out of the way, let’s get into this list!
I used to prefer white wines (re: moscato) but I realize now that those were glorified juice. These are super refined and mild, and great for celebrating. White wines generally work best with white meats and charcuterie, but I’ll give you some more specific suggestions with each of these.
Opici Vino Blanco
Flavor: Super mild and goes well with almost anything. It’s also pretty strong, so go slow on this one.
Here’s what it looks like: http://opiciwines.com/wines/bianco-fish-bottle/
Best pairing: Almost anything except for beef. I like this one with charcuterie, Mighty Spark turkey burgers, and alfredo meals!
Korbel Extra Dry Sparkling Wine
Flavor: Super dry and bubbly.
Here’s what it looks like: https://store.korbel.com/korbel-extra-dry-750ml-p46.aspx
Best pairing: It’s a champagne wine, so best paired with a celebratory meal, like anniversary cake! I like these sorts of things with sweets.
Skinny Girl Pinot Grigio
Flavor: Pinot Grigio is a pretty common cooking wine, so this one will be a little strongly flavored compared to smoother options. I like this one because the nutrition is actually printed on the bottle (not common in alcohol land) and it’s relatively low calorie.
Here’s what it looks like: https://www.skinnygirlcocktails.com/the-cocktails/the-wine-collection
Best pairing: Winner winner for a chicken dinner. I like this with a margerita keto pizza and caprese chicken. May work well with a grilled pork chop or two, also.
These red wines are somewhatt similar but also very different from each other. In general, I prefer these with beefier meals (so probably not chicken and fruits).
19 Crimes Cabernet Sauvignon
Flavor: A little bitter but full-bodied. You’re getting lots of flavor with this one. I’m always really satisfied after only one or two glasses of this.
Here’s what it looks like: https://www.19crimes.com/wine/red-blend
Best pairing: NY Strip steak and sauteed mushrooms in a creamy butter sauce.
Menage A Trois Red Blend
Flavor: This one’s a really light red blend. It’s pretty mild and works well with more stuff.
Here’s what it looks like: https://menageatroiswines.com/california-red-wine
Best pairing: Go for dark meats (richer pork cuts and beef ribs) with this one. I think this pairs well with smoked meats, too. Definitely throw in some brussels sprouts. Here’s a recipe for my fav brussels that even picky eaters will like!
Flavor: SO so so mild and really great with anything. This one’s better served cold.
Here’s what it looks like: https://www.apothic.com/the-wines/apothic-red
Best pairing: Go for a leaner cut of steak with this one, like a sirloin. Also works well with keto chocolate cakee.
14 Hands Merlot
Flavor: This one’s pretty rich and works well with fattier cuts of meat. You’re heading to flavor town with this pairing.
Here’s what it looks like: https://www.14hands.com/fth/wine-shop/all-wines/2016-merlot/5637151891.p
Best pairing: A fat ass ribeye (or t-bone/porterhouse) with cauliflower mash “potatoes” and some asparagus. My absolute favorite celebratory meal right here.
This is a bonus category, because I think we all forget these are wine! A solid fav of low carb dieters and basic bitches everywhere, here’s a winner.
Flavor: Fruity without all the sweetness. Bubbly. Mild. Universal.
Here’s what it looks like: https://www.whiteclaw.com/
Best pairing: Sunshine and a game of cards against humanity. Oh, and some keto-friendly desserts or burgers. These are a total party drink.
A toast to you
If you made it through this list, I just want to say thanks so much for reading and following along on my blog! These are truly some of my favorite wines for keto, and I always have at least half of these on hand in case something comes up. If you want to find me on social media (I post much more often there) then head to www.restingketoface.com/links to see all of my social channels! Hope this list helps you find a new fav.