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The 25 Best Rosé Wines of 2021

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.

17. CHÊNE BLEU LE ROSÉ 2019

Chene Bleu Le Rosé is one of the The 25 Best Rosé Wines of 2021

A rosé with rare savory notes, this wine’s flavors reminded our panel of cheese, olives, and salty prosciutto. Its millennial pink color will draw you in, but its tangy, lemony palate will keep you sipping all season long. Average price: $29.

5. FEUDO MONTONI ‘ROSE DI ADELE’ NERELLO MASCALESE ROSATO 2020

Feudo Montoni is one of the The 25 Best Rosé Wines of 2021

From Italy’s Etna DOC comes this pale pink, earthy refresher. Flavors of peach candy and fresh basil sing on the palate along with creamy Greek yogurt. The acidity is strong but incredibly balanced, making for a harmonious palate that’ll call you back for a second glass. Average price: $21.

Rating: 94

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The 25 Best Rosé Wines of 2021