The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and it's time for some light, warm-weather wines. Despite their reputation, rosé wines can actually be quite complex and well-made, according to Bob Brink, Wines Manager at the expansive Arlington Wine and Liquor. Rosé wines are served chilled and go great with outdoor foods, which is why they're ideal for spring and summer. In our quest for the best rosé wines for under $10, we spoke to Bob Brink, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl (author of Drink This: Wine Made Simple), and Harry Orlove (of CheapWineClub.com).
Before we present you with the winning wines, three quick tips:
- Drink a recent vintage – you don't want an aged rosé.
- Find the best prices around by using an amazing website called Wine-Searcher.
- If you see "NV" on a bottle, it stands for "non-vintage," meaning that there's a mix of grapes from different vintage years.
Here are the winners, for under $10:
Orlove thinks this wine is truly exceptional: "Gorgeous color, great complexity, perfect balance and a long, satisfying finish." ($5)
Brink raves, "The color is a lovely peachy-orange, and it shows scents of ripe melons, citrus and ripe strawberries. The flavors are light and fruity with brisk acidity." ($9)
Cristalino Sparkling Wine, Rosé Brut NV
Moskowitz Grumdahl steered us towards this Spanish sparkling wine, known as a cava. Wine Enthusiast Magazine describes it as "Pinot Noir-ish in its smoky, dried-berry palate and peppery finish." This wine is particularly nice along with fresh fruit. ($6.50)
This reasonably-priced Finger Lakes, NY rosé has a fan in Brink. "With its intensely fruity character, this wine displays notes of raspberry, grapefruit and pineapple. It has a sweet palate and is a wine for all occasions." ($8)
For his final pick, Brink suggests trying the Fado because of its vivid color and aroma. He describes it as "crisp, dry, and fresh, with a full fruit flavor." ($7)
Punny spelling aside, Orlove points to this as a nice, classy wine that's "off-dry but balanced, with strawberry aromas and flavors." ($8)
Moskowitz Grumdahl steered us towards this fruity, floral, and fresh rosé. It's versatile enough to bring along to any outdoor bash. ($9)
"This is a lovely, fresh sparkler with an appealing, slightly bitter finish," explains Orlove. ($10)
We found this bargain pick on our own. According to the famed K&L Wine Merchants, this rosé mixes "strawberries and spice" with "flowers and lots of refreshing acidity. Minerals and stone fruit make for a fascinating finish." ($5)
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