Those of us who love Rosé know what a treasure this amazing style of wine can be. The perfect amount of acidity, slight sweetness and crisp refreshing bite are exactly what you crave on a warm sunny day. Rosé is still the fastest growing wine category in the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Hong Kong.
So lets take a quick look at these three affordable rosé styles and regions.
Varietals: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvèdre
Taste: Dry, Cherry, Tart Raspberry, Orange Peel, Stone Fruit
Price: $12 – $20+
The south of France is one of the world’s most well known Rosé producing region. Long before rosé became the unofficial wine of summer the French were enjoying these wines with a classic charcuterie or simple summer salad. The French rosé is generally produced on a dry style and tends to have an orange pink hue.
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Taste: Cherry, Strawberry, Green Peppercorn
Price: $9 – $17
Though the Bordeaux region of France is known for its big reds, recent increase in rosé production has made some of these wines available state side. Cabernet rosé offers a but more pepper and spice, making these rosés ones that can hold up a little better to higher fat pairings and even grilled meats.
Varietals: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel, Grenache, Mourvèdre
Price: $13 – $24
With seeing the recent success of many French rosés in the last few years, many smaller and high end producers in California have embraced the popular style of wine. Some of the best California rosé comes from cooler coastal regions, think Santa Rita Hills! When tasting California rosé you will quickly notice how many different styles and variations there are, but you may also notice they tend to be slightly sweeter than most French styles.
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