I don't drink nearly as often as I used to, but I still enjoy getting a decent buzz on occasion. I don't love how that buzz disrupts my habits the next day, though. Even the slightest hangover usually results in me skipping my workout and eating all the junk food I can get my hands on.
These days, my drink of choice is mostly red wine. I love enjoying a nice glass (or two) of red wine with dinner, friends, or while hanging out with my parents. The problem is the sugar in the wine. While it can certainly add to the flavour, it can also wreak havoc on how I feel the next day.
That's why I was very excited to learn about FitVine Wine, a low-sugar, keto-friendly wine that claims to fit an active, healthy lifestyle. I decided to give it a try and see if this wine could solve my dilemma.
The company makes a variety of wines, both red and white. I opted for the FitVine Wine Cabernet Sauvignon ($16). I'm not going to say I drank the entire bottle, but I'm also not going to say I didn't. Let's just say I drank enough to really test if indulging in this wine comes with the hangover repercussions of other wines.
I went to bed undeniably drunk. Now, I did take a few hangover precautions I've learned over the years. I downed a bottle of water before going to sleep and had another one by my bed in case I woke up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom . . . which I did, and then I drank the second bottle of water.
The next morning, I felt surprisingly normal. I was more tired than usual because drunk sleep is never as restful as sober sleep. But I didn't have a headache, I wasn't nauseous, and I didn't feel like I immediately wanted to eat a hamburger and fries. And to my surprise and delight, I managed to get a workout in.
So, what makes this wine different? FitVine uses an extended fermentation process that allows for lower sugar levels without lowering alcohol content. The wines average less than 1 gram of sugar per liter, equating to less than 0.09 grams of sugar per glass. To put that into perspective, the average glass of wine has 1.17 grams of sugar, according to the US Department of Agriculture. FitVine's process also extracts more tannins, they don't use flavour additives, and their crossflow filtration makes the wine gluten-free and vegan-friendly.
All this to say, I've found my new go-to wine for the times I want to indulge in the evening but still work out the next morning.