Top 5 Rosés Under $20 To Celebrate The Start of Rosé Season

Rosé season has officially begun and we made you a guide to the best rose wines under $20 to celebrate. Also known as “summer water,” this delicious light pink wine is a summer time staple and is having a seriously trendy moment. Rosé wines and rosé-inspired merchandise seem to be popping up every where — even in the hands of summertime party bros like The Fat Jewish.

Rosé wine is made when the skins of red grapes are left to touch the wine for only a short period of time. While red wines are left to ferment with the grape skins for several weeks, rosés are left to ferment with the grape skins for just a few hours. Winemakers can control the color of the Rosé easily by removing the grape skins when the wine has reached the perfect color. Unlike red wine, rosés are best enjoyed young, no more than a year old. Look for bottles made in 2017 or 2016 at the oldest.

The most common flavors found in the best rose wines are red fruit, flowers, citrus and melon. Rosé has a crisp, light taste with a bright finish that pairs best with seafood, cheese, grilled chicken and summer produce. If you want a summer wine that will pair well with anything, pick up a dry rosé. Dry rosés are delicious with everything — even pizza!

While some alcoholic beverages leave you feeling heavy and bloated (like a dark beer), rosé is refreshing, light and won’t weigh you down. Even when you’ve had one to many. Enjoy a glass of one of the bestrosé wines at a pool party, picnic, beach day or rooftop lounge.

While I’m an advocate for year round rosé, here are the best rosé wines under $20 to enjoy in the spring and summer time. You won’t break the bank either; these beautiful bottles are all under $20. Cheers!

1.) Bonterra 2017 Rosé, $16 (Made in California)

Best Rose Wine Bonterra

Bonterra Rosé is one of the best rosé wines you can find for under $20. Made in California, this 2017 rosé is made with organic grapes. With aromas of strawberry, key lime, rosewater and hints of pineapple this wine is perfect for brunch on a sunny day. It’s a dry rosé that is great on it’s own or paired with a variety of dishes that include spring and summer produce.

Rosé Cocktail To Try: 

Best Rose Wine Rosenade Cocktail

Stephanie DeAngelis

This recipe is by Minibar.

Servings: 1

Ingredients

1 oz. Absolut Citron

5 oz. Rosé Wine

2 basil leaves, ripped

1 lemon wedge

1/2 oz. simple syrup

1 1/2 oz. club soda

Directions

Muddlebasil, lemon, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Next, fill the shaker with ice, and add the vodka and wine. Stir, and pour unstrained into stemless wineglass. Finish it off by topping the cocktail with club soda, and garnish with lemon wedge.

2.) Biagio Cru Rosé All Day, $13.99 (Made In France)

Best Rose Wine Biagio Rose All Day

Biagio Cru Rosé All Day is Grenache rosé made on a vineyard in Pays d’Och, France. It’s crisp and fresh with a delicious long, fruity finish. This is one of the best rosé wines topair with fish, chicken, shrimp, sushi, Caesar salads and Mediterranean salads. It’s best served at 46.4° – 50°F.

Rosé Cocktail To Try: 

Best Rose Wine Rose Sangria

Stephanie DeAngelis

Recipe by Dark Horse mixologist Lauren Davis.

Servings: Makes 1 pitcher

Ingredients

1 bottle rosé wine

1 1/2 cups elderflower liqueur

1 pack raspberries

6 lemon wheels

6 grapefruit slices

1 bottle club soda

Directions

Combine the rosé, elderflower liqueur, raspberries, lemon wheels and grapefruit slices into a pitcher and refrigerate for one hour. Pour into wineglasses over ice and top with club soda. Complete the cocktail with a grapefruit slice perched on the rim of the glass.

3.) Charles & Charles 2016 Rosé, $14 (Made in Washington)

Best Rose Wines Charles and Charles

Charles & Charles Rosé 2016 has pale salmon pink color with flashes of fuchsia. This rosé has notes of raspberry, cherry, citrus, herbs de Provence andlavender. Made from grapes harvested from a number of vineyards in Washington State, this wine has a light taste and a bright finish. Enjoy it on it’s own or in a delicious rosé cocktail!

Rosé Cocktail To Try: 

Best Rose Wines Whispering Demon Cocktail

Stephanie DeAngelis

Recipe by Minibar.

Servings: 1

Ingredients

2 oz. vodka

1/4 oz. simple syrup

2 oz. rosé wine

2 oz. club soda

Directions

Combine cold rosé, simple syrup, vodka and club soda in a chilled glass. Delicately swirl the glass to mix contents and you’re done. Enjoy!

4.) SAVED Magic Maker Rosé, $17 (Made in California)

Best Rose Wines SAVED Magic Maker Rose

SAVED Magic Maker is one of the best rosé wines for summer. It’s a dry rosé that smells like white peach and has notes of tangerine, strawberries and green apple. This delicious summer water has a crisp taste and comes in a beautiful bottle. It’s the perfect wine to bring to a summer time dinner party.

Rosé Cocktail To Try: 

Best Rose Wines Rose Bouquet Cocktail

Stephanie DeAngelis

Recipe by Minibar.

Servings: 1

Ingredients

3 oz. rosé

1 1/2 oz. gin

3/4 oz. Lillet Blanc

3 oz. ruby-red grapefruit juice

1 rosemary sprig

Directions

Fill lowball glass 3/4 full of ice and build the ingredients over the top. Stir and serve with a grapefruit wedge and rosemary sprig.

5.) Yes Way Rosé 2017 Yes Way Rosé, $12.99 (Made in France) 

Best Rose Wines Yes Way Rose

Yes Way Rosé comes in a pretty, minimalist bottle that you can buy in bulk at Target! Yes Way Rosé is a wine and lifestyle brand devoted to everything rosé and millennial pink. They even sell an Eau de Rosé Vibes Candle. This delicious summer water has strawberry, citrus and white peach tasting notes. It’s a dry rosé with a light peachy-pink tint. Pair with seafood, cheese and summer pastas.

Rosé Cocktail To Try: 

Best Rose Wines Rose Spritzer Cocktail

Stephanie DeAngelis

Recipe by Dark Horse mixologist Lauren Davis.

Servings: 1

Ingredients

3 oz. rosé wine

1/2 oz. simple syrup

2 strawberries, halved

1 lemon wheel

1 bottle club soda

Strawberry and mint sprigs, to garnish

Directions

Gently muddle the strawberriesand lemon wheel in a stemless wineglass so the juices and flavor are released. Add the simple syrup and rosé wine; then fill the glass with ice and top with a splash of club soda. Garnish the spritzer with a strawberry and a mint spring.

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