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10 Rosés Under $20 to Cool Off with This Summer

Wine professionals reveal their favorite budget rosés for the season

Janice Williams By July 6, 2021July 26th, 2021
Photo illustration by Allison Kahler.

When it comes to summertime sipping, nothing gets the job done quite like a chilled glass of rosé. Whether you’re relaxing in a unicorn float in the pool with a glass or pouring out a bottle on the porch with friends, the pretty pink drink can make the simplest of life’s pleasures feel completely opulent. Yet enjoying rosé, no matter the occasion, doesn’t have to come with a luxury price tag. There are several bottles on the market that are inexpensive yet totally delicious. Here are 10 rosés that will keep you feeling cool for a mere $20 or less. 

bottle of Famille Perrin La Vieille Ferme Rosé

Famille Perrin La Vieille Ferme Rosé ($9)

More than 35 years ago, winemaker Jean Pierre Perrin set out on a mission to create a no-fuss Rhône-style wine that was classic and, simply put, good. He achieved just that with a variety of offerings, but nearly four decades later, La Vieille Ferme Rosé has become a go-to wine for drinkers across the globe. “This delicious French rosé is my crowd pleaser for the summer,” says The Wine Style writer and influencer Mikayla Tencer. “It’s a nice dry rosé that’s soft and not too acidic, with notes of strawberry and watermelon sorbet.” While this fresh and fruity blend of Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah is just fine on its own, Tencer says drinkers won’t regret pairing it with fish tacos.

bottle of Mas De Daumas Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Vin de Pays d'Hérault Rosé

Mas De Daumas Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Vin de Pays d'Hérault Rosé ($14)

“Simple, but not boring, and delightfully refreshing.” That’s how Tom Riley, wine educator and writer of The Grape Belt, described his go-to rosé produced in France’s Languedoc region by the team at Mas De Daumas. The vividly pink wine is made of 50% Carignan and 50% Syrah, and the grape vines erupt from soil composed of clay and limestone close to the Thau Lagoon. De-stemmed, directly pressed, and matured in stainless steel tanks for five to six months, results in an easy-drinking, effortless wine that’s balanced with floral aromas and fresh red fruit.

bottle of Domaine de la Fouquette Côtes de Provence Rosé d’Aurore

Domaine de la Fouquette Côtes de Provence Rosé d’Aurore ($15)

Another recommendation from Riley, this blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Rolle is full of character. “It brings a depth and complexity not usually found at this price range,” says Riley. “It’s a rosé that’s more about drinking than thinking and so perfect for this time of year.” The rosé is produced by winemakers Isabelle and Jean-Pierre Daziano in the heart of the Côtes de Provence appellation in France, amid the Massif des Maures mountains.

bottle of Sun Goddess Pinot Grigio Ramato Friuli D.O.C. 2019

Sun Goddess Pinot Grigio Ramato Friuli D.O.C. 2019 ($18)

Award-winning singer and songwriter Mary J. Blige collaborated with Italian winemaker Marco Fantinel of Fantinel Estates to create this pale pink Pinot Grigio. If you’re wondering how a wine that’s typically the color of pale straw got its striking hue, it’s because the wine is made Ramato style, says Tahiirah Habibi, creator and founder of The Hue Society. That means the grapes’ skins remained on during maceration. That process is what also aids in the wine’s intensity. “The Sun Goddess Pinot Grigio has flavor and complexity that’s rare to find,” she says. 

bottle of Hogwash Napa Valley Rosé 2020

Hogwash Napa Valley Rosé 2020 ($18)

This lighthearted pink wine, originally produced by Tuck Beckstoffer, hails from the Napa Valley in California. Mostly made with Grenache, it’s a wine that is reminiscent of the pale pink offerings from the South of France. “It’s bursting with red strawberry and rose petals and has a nice bitter finish which leaves you wanting another sip. Or gulp, as it were. The fact that it’s bottled under a screw cap makes it great for hiking or hitting the beach, too,” says Ian O’Reilly, a California-based sommelier. 

Balletto Winery Russian River Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir 2020 ($18)

Combining splashy tropical fruit with refreshing acidity, this wine, comprised of 100% Pinot Noir, has a mouthwatering quality that will “leave you wanting more with each sip,” according to Tencer.It has subtle notes of tropical and citrus fruits that make it the perfect porch-pounder,” she says. This wine comes from the Balletto family vineyards located along the Russian River Valley in California, where the winemakers have produced cases of Pinot and Chardonnay since 1998.

bottle of Domaine de Triennes Provence Rosé 2020

Domaine de Triennes Provence Rosé 2020 ($19)

Katja Scharnagl, the Chef Sommelier at New York City restaurant Le Bernardin, claims this blend of Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache, and Merlot is one of the best value French rosés on the map. That’s likely because its creators — Burgundian winemakers Jacques Seysses, founder of Domaine Dujac, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti co-owner Aubert de Villaine, and their Parisian pal Michel Macaux — are known for making some of the world’s priciest bottles. The grapes for this rosé are grown in the northeast region of Marseille in the Var, not far from the Mediterranean coast. Nighttime harvesting, a few hours of skin contact, and fermenting in cool temperatures helps the wine achieve its fruity and floral elegance. “`This is one of my favorites for rosé year after year,” Scharnagl says. 

bottle of Spade and Sparrows California Rosé 2019

Spade and Sparrows California Rosé 2019 ($20)

If you’re looking for a good rosé to wash down all the drama of the latest season of “The Bachelorette,” then why not drink a rosé made by a former one? This blend of California Syrah, Tempranillo, Barbera, Grenache, and Mourvèdre is produced by newbie winemaker and former “Bachelorette” and “The Bachelor” contestant Kaitlyn Bristowe. It’s a wine that can easily be enjoyed by the pool, at the beach, on the patio — wherever. “Spade and Sparrows rosé definitely checks every box for a go-to crushable rose,” says Samantha Capaldi, a Phoenix-based sommelier and wine consultant. “It’s on the fruity side without being sweet — think bright juicy strawberries, fresh watermelon — and just a little floral to balance out all that fruit.” Pro-tip: Capaldi says this wine makes for a spicy rosé sangria, for those looking to add a splash of something extra to their wine. 

bottle of Nicolas Ulacia e Hijos Ulacia Txakolina Rosé

Nicolas Ulacia e Hijos Ulacia Txakolina Rosé ($21)

For three generations, the Ulacia family has produced Txakolina in Getaria, located in the heart of Basque country in Spain. The lively, light-bodied, zesty pink wine is made of native Spanish grapes, Hondarribi Zuri and Hondarribi Beltza, and displays a ton of fruit and minerality. It’s exactly the kind of wine you want to drink on a warm day, according to sommelier and wine consultant Wendy Shoemaker. “It’s so crisp with notes of wild strawberries and brightness,” she says.

bottle of Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg Cistercian Kamptal Rosé 2020

Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg Cistercian Kamptal Rosé 2020 ($20)

The grapes used for this rosé grow in vineyards located in the cool climate areas of the Danube valley in Austria, near the town of Langenlois and the village of Gobelsburg. It’s that cool climate — which can get too cold for growing red grapes — that influences the wine’s crisp acidity. “It is made of Zweigelt, St. Laurent, and Pinot Noir grapes, so it’s something different for folks,” says Alexandra Schrecengost, CEO and founder of Virtual With Us. “Honestly, it’s delightful. I’d almost call it zippy. Very vibrant and fruity aromatics with a refreshing, crisp acidity. A great sipper wine.”