This Summer’s Trendiest Rosés Under $20

Sometimes it can feel like we are drowning in a sea of millennial pink. Everywhere we turn during the warmer months, waves of rosé everything smack us in the face. Sure, we love the blush-hued stuff and welcome the trend’s onslaught by purchasing it for sipping in any way, shape, or form. But in order to avoid wading through any summer water buyer’s remorse, we decided to chat with a wine expert to figure out this year’s rosé bottles that are best to buy on a budget.

The overflowing sea of rosé knows no bounds because it can be made from, “virtually any red grape, in virtually any wine climate, so there are countless rosy hues and flavor possibilities to pour into your next glass,” Sayle Milne, certified wine educator and founder of Wine Savvy NYC, tells Refinery29. That said, don’t start collecting too many bottles at once. “Because of the way rosé is made, it is not meant to age. In other words, it should be drunk within a year of bottling,” says Milne. So when buying your next bottle, it’s important to keep the following in mind: “We are in 2018, so if you see a rosé with 2017 on the label, grab it up. 2016 might be fine too, but please don’t waste your money on a 2015 (that bottle is dead on arrival).”

Ahead, Milne shares five recommendations for the trendiest bottles to buy this season — and all for under $20 a pop. If you can’t decide on just one, do as Milne suggests and, “Get your friends together for a rosé flight tasting. Have each person bring a bottle from a different country or wine region. Line them up from lightest to darkest in color and try them all. You may just discover your favorite new wine!”

Chloe Rosé
Price: $12.99
Region: Central Coast, California

“A blend of mostly Pinot Noir (the star red grape of Burgundy, France). This wine is light and fruity, like if strawberries and watermelons danced in a glass. It can be found in most wine shops (and most grocery stores) and is super affordable!”

Available at Total Wine.

Gobelsburg Rosé
Price: $13.99
Region: Kamptal, Austria

“Guess who else makes delicious rosé? Austria! I LOVE this wine and enjoy introducing it to those who have never had wine from this country. The Austrians do many wines brilliantly and rosé is no different. This wine has great minerality (if you love Sauvignon Blanc, you will likely love this wine). It is fresh, lean and crisp. Oh, and did I mention it has a screw cap? Bonus!”

Available at Total Wine.

Bertrand Cote Des Roses Rose
Price: $15.99
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon, France

“I have bought this one by the case many times because it seems to please all rosé drinkers. It is bright, with great acidity, and leans towards flowers and fruits (like grapefruit). It is made with a grape called Cinsault that loves the heat (perfect for the south of France). And might I add the bottle is gorgeous and comes with a reusable glass stopper! If you are into presentation or want to give as a gift, this is the bottle!”

Available at Total Wine.

BY Ott Provence Rose Domaine Ott
Price: $17.97
Region: Provence, France

“I cannot get enough of rosé from Provence. It always delivers on something delicious. This wine is pale, almost orange in color and has aromas of peaches, apricots and mangos. On the palate it is fruity, yet has a hint of spice (think cinnamon).”

Available at Total Wine.

Chateau De Segries Tavel Rosé
Price: $19.99
Region: Tavel in The Rhone Valley, France

“It is dark salmon in color and delivers a heftier feel, much like that of red wine. If you cannot find this wine in particular, no worries, just ask your wine store for a rosé from Tavel (France). They will quickly become your go-to. You may have to spend a few more dollars but believe me, it is worth the investment.”

Available at Total Wine.

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