It’s called summer water for a reason, is there anything more summer than sipping on a glass of the best rosé you can find? It’s lighter than other wines, dryer and refreshing, all of which points to a great drink for sipping on a sunny afternoon between June and August.
Rosé wine originated in France, hence the accent in the name, where it now sells more than white wine. Rosé unique pink color occurs when the skin of red grapes only touches the final product for 2-10 hours during production. Some of the best grapes used in rosé wine are from the southern region of France, in places like Provence, the maker of many popular rosé wines.
Other top producers of rosé around the world include Italy, Spain, and the United States. The flavors can range widely but mostly consist of a combination of six things — honeydew melon, strawberry, rose petal, rhubarb and citrus. This flavor profile is built with grape varieties including Grenache, Sangiovese, Syrah, Carignan and Pinot Noir in case you were curious.
Like any wine, there’s rosé you want to try and are going to enjoy, and then there’s the cheap stuff. If you’re going to indulge, you might as well go for something high-quality that’s not just loaded with sugar. You don’t need to spend a ton of money to get rosé that you’ll enjoy this summer, that also won’t give you that distinct sugary-wine induced hangover we’ve all experienced once or twice. We’ve gathered a list of rosé brands worth trying here, as well as the best places to buy them.
Raise your glass, and your smartphone for an Instagram pic, and toast to summer — a long-awaited season that’s finally arrived.
1. Domaines Royal de Jarras “Pink Flamingo” Tête Du Cuvée Gris Rosé Wine
If you’re looking for dry, this rosé will get you there. It originates in Languedoc France and for a sweet and fruit wine that goes down incredibly easy, you know you’re getting a good value at $13.00 a bottle. It’s very dry but in an enjoyable way and with the long French name you’ve never been more legit in the eyes of rosé connoisseurs.
2. Beckmen Vineyards Grenache Rosé 2018
BEST FOR A DINNER TABLE
While many rosés are made for the beach, picnic basket or afternoon patio happy hour, this one is best served during dinner. If you need a bottle for a dinner party you’re attending, go with this one. It’s boozy, fruity and has a full structure that will support fish, chicken, salads and other lighter meals well. It’s got bright acidity and is not too expensive so you can treat you and your guests to it without breaking the bank.
3. Fleurs de Prairie Côtes de Provence Rosé Wine
BEST WITH A CHEESE BOARD
Some drinkers have described the scent of this one as “rose petals” — which lines up with its pale salmon color and strawberry and citrus flurry of flavors. It’s also got a bit of herbs and a bubbly, spritzer palate that’s perfect for summer happy hours. Complete the whole afternoon with a charcuterie board of cheese, fruits and meats and you’ve got the whole summer celebration thing down pat. Also, at $18 a bottle it’s relatively affordable for the occasional treat.
4. Mateus Rosé Wine
BEST BUDGET OPTION
This blend hails from Portugal and is one of the most affordable rosé brands we can find on the market. It’s got an average price of $7.00 depending on where you buy it but still maintains a medium-sweet build and comes in a decorative flask-shaped bottle. Indulge without violating your budget with this affordable rosé.
5. Bev California Rosé Wine
Rosé from a can? Yes. It can be done, and it’s great. It’s got a fizzy vibe to it with a crisp, dry finish you’ll love at the beach, park or other outdoor conquest you take this summer. Throw a six pack in your backpack and easily transport your beverage without concern about a bottle breaking or wine bottle opener getting lost. It’s got great taste regardless of its easily-transported size, but once you factor in the convenience this one becomes a winner.
6. Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial Champagne
BEST FOR CHAMPAGNE LOVERS
Rosé and champagne is a match made in summertime celebratory heaven. It’s the perfect drink to toast with in the warmer months with bubbles and a dry fruity hue that’ll hit the spot. It’s on the pricier end of things so be sure to save it for extra special occasions where you’re ready to pop a cork. The end of quarantine, perhaps…
7. Château La Rame Bordeaux 2018 Rosé Wine
If you want to go to the source of all rosé, you’ve got to go to France. Although most rosé from the region comes from its birthplace, Provence, we enjoy this mix from Bordeaux just a little bit more than those blends. This rosé wine from Bordeaux is high-acid and has a spicy pepperiness to it in the scent and flavor. It mellows out with some melon in there as well as hints of jalapeño. Enjoy it with a big bunch of summer salad greens or a fresh piece of fish right off the grill. It’ll spice up any meal and can also be enjoyed on its own.
8. Krug Rosé Brut Champagne
This one’s a splurge, but it’s well worth the cash if you’ve got a birthday coming up or a girlfriend you need to apologize to in a major way. It’s another rosé champagne which we can’t get enough of for the taste and festive flair. This particular brand is aged for five years in the Krug cellars before you get to try it, which gives it that crisp and elegant taste you expect from a bottle at this price point.
9. Diving into Hampton Water Vin de France Rosé Wine
BEST CELEBRITY BRAND
This is one of the best rosé wines we’ve seen and fruits of a collaboration between Jon Bon Jovi, his son Jesse and the master French winemaker Gérard Bertrand. It just released a few years ago but made a major splash in the wine world for its clean, refreshing taste with bursts of bright fruit and a dry finish. It’s got well-maintained acidity that doesn’t take over but is definitely present. It’s got a great blend of grapes from the South of France in it including Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvédre. Pair it with anything, for any occasion, it’ll work.