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)
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:
This recipe is by Minibar.
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
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.