With its blush hue and easy-drinking palate, rosé is a warm-weather staple with undeniable appeal. Between 2016 and 2020, the increasingly popular category saw a 281 percent increase in sales — and has gone from beach bag essential to mainstay on serious wine lists. That’s because the rosés on wine shop shelves are no longer the saccharine pinks of generations past. Today, options on the American market are vast, with profiles from floral and fresh, to earthy and herbaceous.
And we’re no longer relying on Provence to provide us with top tier rosés, either. This year, many of the bottles that impressed VinePair’s tasting panel hail from California, as well as some standouts from Greece and Italy.
To compile this list of the best rosés of the year, our team safely reunited at VinePair HQ to taste (and retaste) a whole lot of pink wine. Our rankings then took into account value, availability, and, of course, flavor. The result is a list of bottles both affordable and splurge-worthy, many of which can be found in just about any grocery store or wine shop around the U.S.
One of our favorite things about rosé is its accessibility; over half of the bottles here clock in at under $25, making them great case-buys for toting along to picnics or serving at summer barbecues. But with a dynamic assortment of punchy, exciting, and just plain delicious wines to choose from, it’s hard to go wrong with any bottle on this list.