With one month left in summer, we’re now fully set in our #hotgirlsummer ways. Sunday brunches are outside, dresses are shorter, the days are longer and the wine is lighter. Yep, it’s rosé season and we’re kicking off August by choosing our favorite bottles under $30. We’ve talked to some professionals in the business who really know their vino to get the lowdown on the pink drink of the summer.
Columbia Valley Rosé 2018
Macari Rosé 2018
Kristin Tice Studeman is one of the founders of The Rose Project, a dinner experience built around highlighting rosé instead of putting it on the back burner as most restaurants do. We asked her what some of her favorite affordable rosés were right now and this Macari 2018 made the cut. It’s dry, delicious, and exudes flavors of raspberries, watermelon, and strawberries.
2018 Macari Rosé, $23; macariwines.com
Fleurs de Prairie 2018 Vintage
“Provence is undoubtedly the motherland when it comes to rosé,” says Studeman. Try this 2018 vintage Fleurs de Prairie. Translating to “wildflower”, this French rosé picks up notes of crisp lavender, rose petals, strawberries, and herbs creating a refreshing bubbly flavor. @fleursdeprairie
2018 Vintage Fleurs de Prairie, $22; fleursdeprairie.com
A Table !!! Rosé 2016
Justin Chearno, Wine Director and Partner at The Four Horsemen in Brooklyn, New York, says this 100% Malbec is “a little darker than your typical rosé. It has great acidity and is a little fuller than most. Every year we special order it from the winemaker in magnums.” I like your style, sir.
2016 A Table !!! Rosé, $17; masdelperie.com
Jolie Folle Rosé 2018
Jolie Folle translates to “crazy beautiful” and that’s exactly what this is at $17 for a liter. With blends of strawberry, watermelon, and white-fleshed fruit this will last a summer’s day in the park.
Jolie Folle Rosé, $17; taylorswineshop.com
Yes Way Rosé 2017
Founders Erica Blumenthal and Nikki Huganir created Yes Way Rosé with intentions of making a French rosé that was easy to pronounce. According to Erica, rosé “should be refreshing and one sip should beg for another. Yes Way Rosé definitely falls into this catergoré with notes of white peach, strawberry, citrus, and a hint of spice.” As for Nikki, she believes “one of the best qualities of rosé is its versatility. It pairs as well with oysters as it does a New York City slice.” @yeswayrose
2017 Yes Way Rosé, $13; yeswayrose.com
The Palm by Whispering Angel 2017
The Palm by Whispering Angel is part of the Chateau d’Esclans family, which is known for older Grenache vines that offer greater concentration of flavor than younger vines. The Palm is a refreshing blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. With a pale pink color and little hints of green, this rosé provides the ultimate freshness.
2017 The Palm by Whispering Angel, $16; esclans.com
Ruza Zinfandel Rosé 2018
Rosé is convenient in a can for lazy days by the pool. Created by two long-time friends, Ruza pairs great with seafood, poultry, and cheeses. Brooke Matthias, the Wine Director at Winc, recommends “drinking rose within a year of purchasing it.” Whether you’re drinking it chilled or mixing it, “nothing beats a summer evening on the patio, surrounded by loved ones and rose in hand!”
2018 Ruza Zinfandel Rosé, $15; ruzawines.com
Luc Belaire Rare Rosé
Coming from the motherland of rosé in Provence, Luc Belaire embodies the perfect blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah – in bubbly form! The balanced flavors of blackberry, blackcurrant, cherry blossom, and strawberry create a crisp flavor unique to its rosé friends. @officialbelaireci
Luc Belaire Rare Rosé, $30; lucbelaire.com
Miravel Rosé 2017
Another Provence rosé to add to your shopping list is this 2017 Château Miravel. Harvested in the South of France, this rosé embodies that of which the environment it was produced. Picking up aromas of spring flowers, acidity, and fruit this wine will def quench your summer thirst.
2017 Miravel Rosé, $22; institutionwine.com
Babe Rosé “is as good as the friends you drink it with. Or as good as the Netflix show you watch alone while drinking,” says the 140k insta followers-strong company. From its appealing social media feed to the simple layout of their website, it’s no wonder Babe is headed by internet sensation The Fat Jewish. The company prides themselves in the fact that “Babe pairs well with literally anything. Tacos, protein bars, enormous mediocre lunch salads in cardboard to-go bowls. Everything!” @drinkbabe
Babe Rosé, $14; drinkbabe.net
Stolpman Vineyards Rosé of Grenache 2018
This organic, fun, fresh wine is the perfect rosé to bring to a dinner party if you want to impress your guests. Not only is Stolpman Vineyards immensely involved in sustainability, but they provide a delicious pairing to any steak or salad. @stolpmanvineyards
2018 Rosé of Grenache by Stolpman Vineyards, $21; stolpmanvineyards.com
California Rosé 2017 by One Hope
It obviously feels great when you buy a bottle of rosé, but it feels even better when you know some of that money is going towards a non-profit organization. One Hope Wine donates a cut of their profits to different organizations supporting education, healthcare, children, and animals in need. This bottle of rosé specifically helps educate women on the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer. With a palate balancing blood orange, watermelon, strawberries, and red cherries, this wine goes hand-in-hand with Chinese take-out, cranberry-orange scones, and salami & cheese.
2017 California Rosé by One Hope, $20; onehopewine.com
This classic French rosé is “elegant, crisp, smooth, round, and mineral” with hints of cherry, passion fruit, white flowers, and apricot. It pairs nicely with Mediterranean dishes, fresh oysters and shellfish, grilled white meats and ceviche. Imagine sitting by the ocean with a glass of Channé in one hand and a bite of seafood in the other. Now that’s heaven. @thechannerose
Channé Rosé, $21, channerose.com
Trés Chic Rosé 2018
Founder and owner Tawnya Falkner created this 2018 vintage blend of Grenache and Cinsault. The female-run company launched Très Chic after Tawnya saw a more appealing market that would be branded into a more modern, affordable, and reachable line of rosé. Made to be food-friendly, they suggest pairing with mild cheeses, spicy dishes, seafood and – my personal selling point – pizza.
2018 Trés Chic Rosé, 19; legrandcourtage.com
Lorenza Rosé 2018
Ashley Santoro, the Regional Beverage Director at The Standard in New York City, believes the best rosé contains “purity, structure and acidity.” One of her favorites right now is this vintage 2018 Lorenza. It has a heavy perfume of Meyer lemon, strawberry, cranberry, and white peach which goes perfectly with “life, oysters, and cured meat. No rules really,” says Santoro.
2018 Lorenza Rosé, $18; lorenzwine.com