It’s rare I see wine brands with more than one or two rose to their name.
Also known as blush wine, this is a delicious, cute, and often isolated wine type. Where red varietals are the face of wine and white varietals the backbone, rose is frequently treated as a delightful niche. That won’t stop me from digging around for the most exemplary portfolios.
Here are fifteen of the best rose wine brands at $35 or less. While many will only have one or two to their name, these ones stand apart for offering the very best in aroma, texture, and color.
The Best Rose Wine Brands Reviewed
1. Chateau d’Esclans
Our first choice on the list is a very popular winery with a dazzling rose portfolio. Those wanting to dive headfirst into the world of blushing wine here is your proverbial rock star.
Each bottle shown here is a testament to the power of time. Their creamy Garrus wine is aged for nearly a year before being put up to the market, proceeding to take home the gold with rave reviews from Forbes, Wine Enthusiast, and Wine Spectator…and we’re just getting started!
Their Rock Angel is a more mineral and full-bodied contrast to the quintessentially dainty rose, while their Whispering Angel is as dry as a rose comes. I emphasized in my white wine review the necessary perspective of the specialist: there’s a reason why the jack-of-all-trades often lags behind the master of one.
What a confident and delicious note to start off with. I’m very interested in trying out the Garrus and definitely not because it happens to be the name of one of my favorite sci-fi characters. For $15 to $20 you can try Chateau d’Esclans at their site here or at Total Wine.
2. Yes Way Rose
This is a rose brand I’ve seen several times on major food and beverage sites, from Good Housekeeping to Town And Country Mag. It’s a small wonder, as they’re a bubbly and approachable brand that devotes their entire portfolio to blushing wine.
Something I love about this brand is not just their charming approach, but the fact they offer mini bottles and cans for easy drinking. This is an aspect of wine that appeals to me (and my demographic at large), because sometimes you just don’t have it in you to drink an entire standard bottle.
Their flavor notes are a celebration of everything that separates rose from its more robust red counterparts: pink grapefruit, wildflowers, and strawberry are their favorites, though stone fruit and watermelon make appearances. The small sizes of their bottles and cans would make great stocking stuffers. As for me, I’ll keep them as a personal treat.
The holidays are right around the corner, which immediately propels Yes Way Rose into must-have territory. Hovering at a comfortable range between $6 to $16, you can find Yes Way Rose at their site here, Total Wine or Safeway.
3. Ava Grace Vineyards
Being on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy good wine. This is a sticking point I repeat often, because it’s maddening how frequently this myth is repeated in wine circles. The best rose wine brands are not synonymous with the most expensive.
Ava Grace Vineyards stun from the word go with their ornate packaging, old-fashioned range, and low price point. They offer both a classic rose bottle as well as canned rose. I recently tried their Grace rose for myself, unable to resist the opportunity to display this gorgeous bottle on my shelf (and keep my monthly grocery budget happy).
It’s a breezy and tart experience: grapefruit and raspberry were the dominant flavor notes I got, with a strong fruity aroma and a very tangy kick. It’s more smooth than dry straight out of the bottle and the floral notes are very faint. All in all, I loved it.
Enjoy a zesty, bright rose for less than $10, just right for drinkers who want something a little sweet without being too sugary or too sour. You can find Ava Grace Vineyards at their site here, at Vivino or at Wine.com.
Just two roses to their name? Well, as far as I’m concerned, I’d rather have quality over quantity any day. The best rose wine brands should be remembered, not forgotten the second you’ve reached the last drop.
Featured back on The Twelve Best White Wine Brands, Olema offers a sparkling rose and a classic rose to whet our appetite. Their Cotes De Provence 2019 is a keen example of the potential that lurks beneath the surface of these blushing wines, maintaining a balancing act of tart raspberries, a full body, and, curiously enough, hot stones.
Wine is just as sensational as it is delicious, so you won’t find yourself disappointed on the aromatic and texture front. For fans of bubbly, their Brut rose balances creamy and sweet with a tart aftertaste. This sounds like the kind of bottle you’d save for a birthday or (social distancing) office party.
Olema is a winery that wants their bottles to be not just a tasty distraction, but a lifestyle that’s actively looked forward to. From what I can see, they’ve more than earned that distinction. For $15 and $20 you can enjoy Olema’s rose varieties at their site here or at Total Wine.
5. Luc Pirlet
Whether you prefer to enjoy local wine or dip your toes into international varieties, France has sat pretty as one of the undisputed champions of the craft for centuries now. You can level up your French vocabulary just by browsing the wine aisle for the best rose wine brands.
Primarily displaying red and white wines, Luc Pirlet also has a few noteworthy rose bottles. Wine Mag was impressed with the Luc Pirlet 2017 Classique rose, praising its ‘light and breezy’ palate and refreshing cranberry aftertaste.
Separated into six series, they also offer a Syrah rose and a pinot noir rose, the first I’ve really seen labeled since my deep dive into the niche. You can learn about the ten unique styles rose comes in with this breakdown from Wine Folly, which separates each one by tasting note and food pairing.
Starting at $10, this is a great way to start your traditional foray into what is widely considered to be the oldest type of wine in the world. You can find Luc Pirlet at their site here (make sure to hit that Google Translate button first!) and at Total Wine.
6. McBride Sisters
Here’s a brand that’s seen some incredible word-of-mouth lately. When I’m not reading positive anecdotes on Twitter, I’m reading glowing reviews from wine distributors.
Sourcing their wine from New Zealand to California, the McBride Sisters’ collection is impressive on an origin level and a sheer style level. They’ve divided all their wines into series, from the punny She-Can canned wine line-up to the effervescent Black Girl Magic series. Their Black Girl Magic rose offers a decadent blend of mineral and fruity aromas, described by many as an airily dry showcase.
Their Sparkling Brut rose is a bubbly and sweet contrast. While France remains the market leader on rose production (with Spain being its lead exporter), American rose consumption has been on the rise…and it’s not hard to see why.
7. Albino Armani
Let’s take a look at what Italy has to offer this luscious wine varietal. I have this brand to thank for introducing me to words like ‘sapidity’ and ‘aperitif’ which, despite my several years of copywriting, I haven’t once run into. I look forward to being able to use these in polite company in 2022.
With a highly rated rose on Vivino and an extensive portfolio that would take many purchases to experience in full, I found myself increasingly drawn into this world of carefully cultivated organic and varietal wines. Their Spumante rose is described as being the perfect aperitif (I’m getting practice already) for fish-based dishes, its fruity aroma and gentle flavor just subtle enough to bring out the best in your meal. If you’ve ever wondered why drinking alcohol tends to make you hungry, The Healthy breaks down the science behind it.
8. Summerland Wine Brands
How do you define easy drinking? Is it by price, accessibility, or by style? For me, it’s often a mixture of all three.
Summerland Wine Brands hits a few of those high notes by being in a lower price threshold, without swapping out the bubbly vintage for borderline juice. While they don’t offer quite the easy drinking experience of Yes Way rose, they come in a close second with their deliciously juicy and acidic bottles.
Their Summerland rose is a tropical bonanza, better off chilled and saved for a very special occasion. I can’t help but be tickled by their acidic and fruity Zoom Juice line-up, in particular. It’s a wine series literally made for those long Zoom meetings you wish ended twenty minutes ago, with a small percentage of the proceeds going to local food banks.
Wine tastes even better when paired with a good cause, all starting at $12 and netting you a healthy line-up of red and white to top you off. You can find Summerland Wines at their site here.
9. Dark Horse Wine
Let’s squeak on back over to a familiar (and long) face. The Dark Horse logo is a recognizable emblem for devoted grocery store wine shoppers and fans of Californian origins alike.
Their tightly designed site is easy to navigate, already showing their earnestness in keeping wine an accessible experience no matter where you fall on the board. In fact, their first foot forward when you dig into their history is their pride in crafting wine that’s high quality and affordable. Both of their rose wines are very dry, so steer clear if you’re more interested in silky, juicy finishes.
The Dark Horse rose is described as refreshingly floral, with a focus on tart raspberry, and goes best with a dish that’s on the saltier side. Their Brut rose, on the other hand, is a sparkling medley of berries and stone fruit.
Either way, you can’t go wrong. Hovering at just $8 per bottle and boasting a few awards to their name, these Dark Horse roses sound like the tastiest way to save money. You can find Dark Horse Wine and their rose varieties at their site here, as well as on Total Wine and Safeway.
10. Edna Valley Vineyard
The Edna Valley has a history stretching back to the 1800’s, staking its claim in the competitive Californian wine industry before you even pop open a cork.
Their romantic descriptions of Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, and Los Angeles has me growing nostalgic for my childhood. The yawning stretch of beach beneath a happy sun, the glowing sands nestled between rolling green hills…it’s not a bad place to begin when getting invested in a new wine brand.
Their California rose is a tart delight, dusting in green apple notes along the more familiar strawberry and raspberry. Curiously enough, they mix in the very hearty tempranillo grape with the lighter grenache, a combination I see rarely. If you’re looking for more gentle and creamy mouthfeels in your glass, their Winemaker Series rose is just the ticket.
This is a winery that isn’t shy about the majesty of the Golden State. From $18 to $30, you’re in a great spot when it comes to the higher rung of the rose space. You can find Edna Valley Vineyard at their site here.
11. Tablas Creek Vineyard
With just one rose (currently) to their name, Tablas Creek Vineyard has a tall order to provide the budding rose lover. From its glowing review on Forbes and its consistently high rankings on Wine & Spirit and Wine Enthusiast? This is well worth it.
At this point I’ve both tried and heard of rose with very unique flavor notes. Its propensity for red fruit and dry finishes doesn’t stop it from leaning tart, creamy, or sour. When I read that this bottle has a ‘smoky bacon finish’, though…I just had to find out more. This Paso Robles-based wine takes several cues from its French roots, the creators prizing their combination of three varietals to create their unforgettable flavor combination. Blood orange is the lead flavor note here, bolstered by floral flavor notes and a mineral aftertaste.
This stunning sounding bottle is currently marked down from $25 to $22, so go for broke and see just how far rose can go. You can find Tablas Creek Vineyard at their site here
12. Columbia Winery
Something I hope to do when COVID-19 isn’t making basic interactions fountains of paranoia is visit wineries again. Learning about the process up close makes every bottle that comes afterwards just that much more special.
The Columbia Winery is a Washington wine business that has a firm appreciation for the meticulous details that go into the craft. They lovingly describe the gentle methods they use when pressing their grapes, paired with a fermentation and cold settling process that ensures not a single subtle note is lost. Far more acidic than dry, their rose embraces the light, fruity notes of watermelon and strawberries while adding in a kick of cranberry.
So much to love in my home state. Their rose sounds delicious enough as it is, with their merlot following behind in a very close second. You can find Columbia Winery’s rose variety at their site here.
One rose to rule them all! This award-winning winery is more than happy to devote all their attention to one blushing wine that truly stands up to the metrics of today’s best rose wine brands.
Named after California’s famous Sonoma Valley, Sonoma-Cutrer makes it clear that their wine can only be experienced from this unique region. This perspective extends right up to their rose, eschewing the famous France origin for a style that’s all their own. Their rose Of Pinot Noir runs sweeter than most, described as ‘exquisite’ and boasting watermelon, powdered sugar, and hibiscus notes.
If that’s not enough to grab your attention, this bottle also brought home the gold in the West Coast Wine Competition as well as received high points in the 2020 Sommelier Challenge and the 2020 San Diego Wine Challenge.
When you taste something delicious, all you can do is talk about it. Strong word-of-mouth propels this rose to the top of many to-buy lists for just $25. You can try this sweet delight for yourself by visiting Sonoma-Cutrer at their site here.
14. Red Car
Here’s another wine that’s turned into a success story all across the board. Beloved over on Vivino and Wine Mag, Red Car is another testament to the adage ‘less is more’.
That is, when it comes to the rose portfolio. Their rose Of Pinot Noir is a flavorful medley that truly lets you have it all: it’s a showcase of floral, fruity, and melon notes with a ‘bone dry’ and acidic finish. They even promise a little sorbet and tangerine in the mix! Many reviewers celebrated this wine with a side of cheese, so be sure to grab a snack with your purchase. Perhaps this might be the bottle that could get you into charcuterie for the first time.
For me, the best wine is complex wine. If I’m not going to be enjoying a tumble of flavors and aromas, why bother? For $22 you can continue your tour of today’s best rose wine brands and enjoy Red Car at their site here as well as on Vivino.
When you want to be exposed to today’s general wine consensus, Vivino is a permanent bookmark. I have found so many brilliant wines I plan on buying there, up to and including today’s best rose brands.
This Californian winery has currently closed its wine releases, but has a rose release planned for early next year. That’s more than enough time to save up for what is among the highest-rated wines seen today. Their rose 2019 is described by many to be perfectly balanced, maintaining a tightrope between a mineral kick, fruity acidity, and even tea-like notes.
If you’re worried you won’t be able to capture so many different flavor notes and textures, consider cleansing your palate first. This is best done by consuming a simple grain beforehand, such as French bread or water crackers.
rose is a delight I’ve only dabbled in a few times, but I’m fixing that in real-time.
Wine is a showcase of complexity, reflecting us at our merest whim or flipping on the lightswitch of nostalgia. The more I learn, the more I appreciate every purchase. Wineries have to consider wine grapes, soil quality, weather conditions, harvesting methods, fermentation methods, temperature changes, barrel type, time…it’s the least I can do.