Let’s all breathe a collective sigh of relief: It’s finally rosé season once again. But, if you’re like us, you may feel a bit overwhelmed when it comes to shopping for Instagram’s favorite summertime sip.
With so many options, there are hundreds of affordable bottles out there that are both delicious and chic. The secret is in knowing how to spot them. Trust us: Like shopping the outlets or anything else in life, you seriously don’t have to spend a lot to find something great.
Enter Anton Hansson, a sommelier at New York City Italian restaurant La Pecora Bianca, who gave us the scoop on some of his absolute favorite rosé wines under $25. Click through the gallery above to see them all.
Wolffer Estate 2015, Long Island, USA
"Summer in a bottle is not just a great PR slogan but also a great wine," says Hansson. "This can be enjoyed not only in the Hamptons but anytime and anyplace. Quite ripe notes of peach and pear, yet dry and refreshing—it's a rosé New York can be proud of! This wine works exceptionally well with Maine lobster and is grown sustainable."
Cape Coral Mourvedre Rosé 2015 by Waterkloof, Stellenbosch, South Africa
"The world's best rosés come from the Bandol region in the South of France," says Hansson. "This wine is made with the Mourvedre grape, which is the base of those wines. Aged in used barrels for added depth and complexity, this is a rosé that's truly intriguing. This would pair exceptionally well with pork or chicken, prepared simply on the grill. It's biodynamically farmed and with no added sulfites."
Cape Coral Mourvedre Rosé 2015 by Waterkloof, $16.99; at K&L Wines
La Kiuva, Rosé de Vallee 2015, Vallée d'Aoste, Italy
"La Kiuva is a tiny co-op in the Vallée d'Aoste in the Italian Alps," says Hansson. "It's bold and unique with great structure. The wine has a nose of fresh berries and wild mountain herbs that make this one of the most complex summer rosés around. Pair with the hard cheeses and charcuterie of the region."
Schloss Gobelsburg Cistercien Rosé 2015, Kamptal, Austria
"Schloss Gobelsburg is one of Austria’s oldest wineries," says Hansson. "It began as a Cistercian monastery in 1137 and its first vineyards were planted in 1171. This is not a fruity rosé and drinks more like a white wine. It's a really mineral-driven wine that would be great with raw seafood of any kind, and it's organic."
Schloss Gobelsburg Cistercien Rosé 2015, $12.99; at Wine Anthology
Parigot Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé NV, Burgundy, France
"This sparkling pinot noir is what you drink when you love everything about Champagne but the price," says Hansson. "Made just a few miles south [of the Champagne region] with the same grapes and similar terroir, the combination of yeasty richness and crisp fruit is what makes this wine so special and so versatile with food. Pair with duck liver mousse, fried chicken, and ravioli with brown butter and sage."