These Are the Best Cheap Rosés, According to Experts
Because summer's not over yet!
For some, Labor Day marks the last official weekend of summer — and the final time to make the most of iced coffee, white jeans and, of course, rosé wine. That's why we brought you a list of rosés to bring to your last hurrah BBQ. The best part? They're all under $20 and they come sommelier-approved. Bring any one of these wines to your Labor Day cookout and your bestie will forget all about her exclusive devotion to Whispering Angel.
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"Prophecy Rosé comes from the sunny South of France which is famous for its Rosé wines," says Brennan Greco, certified sommelier. "This wine is delicate and bright with notes of strawberries, raspberries and a hint of white peach – all making it the perfect poolside companion to keep you cool and refreshed." For around $12 a bottle, this wine is cheaper than your favorite unicorn pool float.
While bottles from this same winery run up to $35, this four-pack of cans is just $20. "This delicious canned rosé from Mirabeau en Provence is perfect to enjoy on-the-go at a BBQ, the beach, or poolside. Classic notes of ripe raspberries with watermelon and grapefruit flavors, it has a savory, lingering finish that pairs well with summer staples like hummus, grilled fish, salade niçoise, or melon and prosciutto," says Devon Broglie, Whole Foods Market master sommelier.
You probably know Martini and Rossi for their Asti Spumante, but turns out the brand's $16 rosé is something to celebrate, too. "It’s the ideal wine for casual celebrations as an aperitif, as well as with some seafood," says Sara Lehamn, sommelier and owner of Somm In The City.
"A favorite summer rosé for most, this wine is bursting with red fruit and nice structure. It’s a perfect summer wine to pair with grilled chicken and pineapple skewers, a Labor Day barbecue dish that everyone will love (just like the wine)," says Lehamn. And it's just $15!
"Dark Horse Rosé Cans are packable, portable and unbreakable, making them perfect to take camping, to the beach, on picnics or for backyard barbecues," according to certified sommelier Suzanne Denevan-Brown. Each can retails for roughly $5 and contains half a bottle of wine, which makes these a pretty sweet deal.
"Rosé from Chateau Auguste is a clean and pretty wine that is perfect to sip poolside of with a nice salad," says Anthony Cailan, Bordeaux brand ambassador. It's the perfect lunch wine, plus it has a low abv and $16 price tag so you can have a glass or two without regret.
“Amelia Brut Rosé is a new sparkling wine from Bordeaux that you will definitely want to try before the summer sun sets this season. Its bright fruit aromas and crisp, refreshing acidity make it the perfect sparkling rosé for toasting the end of summer," says Nigel Sneyd, MW. This one is right on the $20 mark, but it's celebratory so we'll consider it a win.
According to Tyson Koster, director of wine strategy at Wine Insiders, this is a great cocktail wine. Plus, it's only $12 a bottle. "It’s friendly to all palates (even those who aren’t big fans of rosè!). Enjoy a glass with a fresh tomato salad mixed with basil, buffalo mozzarella and balsamic vinegar."
“The name quite literally means, ‘Flower of the Sea,’ and with its notes of peach and lavender and overall light finish, this rosé is the perfect pairing for your final seashore soirée," says Nicholas Paris, MW, advanced sommelier. Even if we're not ending our summer seaside, we'll definitely be sipping on this $15 wine dreaming of days on the sand.
Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen, known as the World Wine Guys will be sipping on this $18 bottle for the Labor Day weekend. “The rich fruit flavors and bright finish pair perfectly with late summer produce and the gorgeous pink hue is a beautiful match for late summer sunsets."
If you're looking to try some organic wine, Bonterra is a $15 domestic one that comes somm-approved. "It’s a great wine for a weekend in the sun, with vibrant fruit notes and playful flavors, that make it stand out amongst other wines. Pair this one with a juicy burger or some ribs...it’s a wine that can handle it!" says Lehamn.