‘Tis the season for al fresco brunches, shorter hemlines, no-makeup makeup, and if you’re hanging with my crew, #roseallday. Rosé wine has become the unofficial BFF for celebrating the longer days, and I think it’s safe to say that rosé wines have officially earned its “summer water” badge of honor for good reason.
The popularity of rosé comes from its light, refreshing qualities, plus the fact that it pairs well with just about any summer meal.
As long as you stay away from a few of the big brand names, it comes at an attractive price point you can pick up at just about any large grocery or liquor store. We’re kicking off summer by choosing our favorite bottles you can score for under $30. We compiled this list by polling our editors and a few industry pros to get the lowdown on the ones they’re picking up on repeat.
Scroll on for their fave rosé wines.
This is not your everyday party wine, it’s also a great perfect pairing for a light summer meal. This organic zinfandel and petite syrah blend is all about big red fruit and hibiscus. It’s packed with acid and minerality while retaining a super-dry finish. It also has a unique and unexpected texture as a result of destemming the zinfandel and pressing it immediately. The grapes are harvested at two different vineyards in northern California, in the Ukiah Valley and in Redwood Valley.
This lovely trio of cinsault, syrah, and grenache creates the perfect fruity blend that is balanced out with a little sharp touch of mouvèdre. the pale, rosy appearance is extra dreamy, and the bright nose is dominated by wild berries: gooseberry and raspberry. It has a crisp, silky palate with a touch of minerality. Try it with some grilled fish or a sweet berry dessert.
Enjoy this slightly sparkly pale pink and grey rosé. It’s ultra-fresh and light, making it the perfect beverage for a hot summer afternoon. It’s simply a classic French rosé.
This gorgeous rosé wine was foot-stomped and left on the skin for 12 hours. It is what winemakers call a 100% finished wine. That means it was fermented until it went dry using only native yeasts and then went through spontaneous malolactic fermentation. It has a slight spice from the zinfandel, acidity from the Valdiguié, and texture from the Trousseau grapes. it’s a delicious Napa Valley blend!
Hailing from the Getariako Txakolina region of Spain, this lovely rosé is made with 100% Hondarribia Beltza. It’s aromatic, dry, and ever so slightly effervescent. Soft flavors of strawberries, bright acidity, and minerality shine through.
This dark pink wine is a product of co-fermenting red and white Rhône varieties from a single vineyard. This vintage contains about a third of red and two-thirds white grapes. It goes by the term “California Table Wine”, but it’s a complex and unique wine with an unforgettable flavor. Red grapes give this wine a spicy nose and plenty of texture, while the white grapes add watermelon and rhubarb notes, plus a clean, mineral finish.
We’ve got your next everyday fave coming right up. This fruity and light rosé hails from the South of France and has lovely notes of strawberry and raspberry. On the palate, it is bright and dry with a hint of apricot on the finish. Perfect for your next beach day, brunch, or light dinner accompaniment.
This classic party wine is proof that it doesn’t have to be expensive to taste good. It’s a dry, classic Provençal-style rosé from the south of France. The grenache blend is light, fanciful, and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Notes of ripe strawberry, citrus, and stone fruits will make it your go-to for Sunday brunch and picnics. It even comes in cans if you need to sneak it to the beach!
This is Brad Pitt’s wine, literally. His vineyard in Provence manufactures it! It’s an elegant, pale pink, fresh wine with notes of fresh fruit, currants, fresh rose, and lemon zest. The minerality and saline notes are perfectly balanced, making it as irresistible as it is affordable. Pair it with a gorgeous charcuterie board and enjoy!
Considered the chic little sister to Whispering Angel, The Palm is a fresh and aromatic wine with subtle fruity notes. The cute playful label is an added bonus to this delicious wine. It was created by winemaker Sacha Lichine, who was on a quest to create the greatest rosés in the world and is considered by many to have been responsible for the “Rosé Renaissance”.Innovative winemaking techniques revolutionized the styles of rosés being produced from this region and led to the creation of Whispering Angel.
Don’t want to tote around a bottle? No problem. This four-pack of rosé wine has a bright, spritzy palate that is perfect for your next adventure. The grapes, which were specifically designed for this rosé, were picked early in the season and taken directly to press, (after a few hours of skin contact) the result of which gives it a soft pink hue. It has notes of red berries and citrus, and best of all, it’s recyclable.
Babe Rosé ($13.99 for a 4-pack)
Need another canned option? Babe Rosé is a light, refreshing sparkling delight. Three cans are equal to one whole bottle, making it incredibly convenient to tote around and share with friends.
If you’ve been wanting to get into organic, biodynamic wines then look no further than this Italian beauty. Free of sulfur and bottled without fining or filtration, this gorgeous rosé is as good as it gets. It’s on the darker side of pink, but it goes down like a refreshing, summery rosé.
This heavenly organic Portgueuese wine is made from a blend of tinta cão, vinhão, and loureiro. The tinta cão and vinhão grapes are sourced from a small producer practicing organic viticulture in the Vinho Verde region. Spontaneous fermentation occurs in concrete and stainless steel with chestnut flowers and is then combined with loureiro to add zest and even more aromatics. It’s pretty unbelievable that this wine is under $20, and how cute is the label?
his natural wine is a total stunner–sustainable, juicy, mouthwatering, and bubbly. It has a moody, romantic, cloudy appearance but it tastes nice and bright. Strawberries, raspberries, and a touch of yeastiness on the nose give it a creamy, chewy palate with a slightly bitter finish. It’s definitely for those looking to mix up their usual rosé wines with something a little more experimental.
We can’t let the summer pass us by without trying Cameron Diaz and Katherine Power’s lovely new pink bubbly. It’s an organic wine with aromas of rose petals, stone fruit, and a whiff of pomegranate. Avaline features a smooth, floral sip and tastes of tart peaches and berry lemonade. Dry, effervescent, and chic as hell!
This post was originally published on June 12, 2020, and has since been updated.