Recently I hosted a rosé wine tasting party for my girlfriends! It was super fun and something I had been wanting to do for a while. Pink wine can be hard to navigate. Some are overly sugary and sweet while others are very dry. These are the 5 bottles of rosé that I used for my tasting that I think you and your friends will love too! Whether you’re hosting a wine tasting or just want to try a new rosé, these are my picks! This post may include affiliate links. That means, if you buy something using one of these links, I am compensated.
You may notice that these bottles of rosé are already opened…and you would be correct. Sometimes, after you start drinking rosé, your best-laid plans fly out the window…I had intended to take photos of these before I even set up for the party but life happened, and no photos. If I was younger, and new how to insert emojis from a desktop computer, I would put the shrugging girl here.What I would consider the best rose, others might not like. Like any wine, there are tons of flavor profiles but with rose, they literally can be very bad to OMG I need an IV drip of this. I’m definitely not a wine expert (which becomes quite clear as you read on) so what I like, others may not. I think these bottles offer a good variety for you to try. I know that my favorite roses are usually from Provence (usually on the drier side). But I was excited to try some new ones. You can see how I set up the party, and had tasting cards to use, for our blind tasting if you head over to this wine tasting post.
And, if you’re really into rosé, you definitely need to make Rosé Cupcakes. Because, yum.
Affordable Rose Wine to Try Right Now
My favorite bottle of rose is Whispering Angel (not included in this tasting). It’s from Provence but runs about $20 a bottle. For me, that’s on the higher side so I don’t buy it very often. My goal in this tasting was to find a bottle, that I like just as much but that is more affordable.
My New Favorite Bottle of Rose
Thanks to a hot tip by my friend and fellow rose lover, Tori Tait, I think I found my swap! This Gris Blanc from Gerard Bertrand is delish! They also make a Cotes des Roses rose that is way more pink but I haven’t tasted that one yet. This Gris Blanc is really light in color, dry with a really nice finish and is right around $13. That’s my sweet spot right there. I have another bottle of this chilling in the fridge as we speak!
When I saw this bottle of rose at the grocery store the day before my party I bumped another from the tasting list and decided to include this one. Kim Crawford makes my favorite Sauvignon Blanc so I had to know what their rose was like! This one has notes of watermelon and strawberry. I liked this bottle.
It wasn’t as sweet as I was expecting. The prices for Kim Crawford can vary depending on where you buy it so keep that in mind when looking for this wine! I’m not sure if this rose is as easy to find as their other wines, but I sometimes get the best price at the grocery store when I buy 6 bottles or Costco (but I don’t see it there all the time).
Kim Crawford Rose | $15
Where Can I Buy Summer Water Rose?
Every time I post a photo of a bottle of Summer Water I get asked where you can buy it! People want to try this wine! I purchase mine through Winc. I’ve tried this bottle several times and it has never been my favorite. It’s not bad. It’s from the central coast of California so it has a different flavor profile than I am typically drawn to. The label is super cute though!
So if you are having friends, over, they’ll probably be excited to taste this one. If you aren’t looking to buy wine online, you can also find Summer Water at most Whole Foods! There is a ‘where to buy summer water‘ page on their site that tells you where else you can find it and it’s a lot more spots than I thought!
Winc has tons of other great rose wine to try! I’ve really enjoyed the Sauvetage, the Ruza cans (you know I love canned wine!) and I fell in love with the 2017 Funk Zone Rose. I enjoyed that bottle a few days after my tasting and was bummed I hadn’t included it! (It’s what I bumped for the Kim Crawford). You can also sign up for the Summer Water Societe where you can set up automatic deliveries of Summer Water right to your home through summer.
Summer Water | $18 (This link gives you a $22 discount applied right to your Winc account, so that’s basically free wine! – new accounts only)
This Cocomero also comes from Winc. I don’t see this bottle on the site at the moment but check back! Sometimes they bring bottles back! This was my least favorite of all the wines. For no real reason. This might have been sweeter than the others? I do remember getting red fruity notes (berries and watermelon) but the label is sort of guiding you towards watermelon, no?
Full disclosure: None of these bottles were terrible. Taking good notes on wine, when you’ve been drinking all the wine, is not the best idea I’ve ever had. I may add to this post as I have these wines again to update you on what flavors I pick up on and how they made me feel. I have a star on my note card next to my favorite (Gris Blanc) but I wrote “dry” by all of them. Insert crying laughing face emoji here.
Also, I used this delicious bottle to create a yummy Rosé Lemonade cocktail.
Cocomero | $13
This bottle of rose from Miraval was more expensive ($22) than I wanted to spend but I have been wanting to try this one forever. The bottle makes it seem so special. Plus I think this wine is owned by Angelina Jolie so… This one is also from Provence so I expected to really like it. It was just ok from what I remember… I noted notes of berry and flowers on my tasting card and that is as really dry. This was the 5th wine we tried, did I even know what dry was anymore?
Miraval | $22So I may have failed you with detailed tasting notes and why each bottle was delicious. I can tell you, though, that the gals I had over to drink them had different favorites which goes to show that wine is really a subjective experience. I think these 5 bottles are a great base for a wine tasting. Whether you’re sipping with friends or trying these on your own, I’m sure there is at least one bottle here that you will love! For me the big take away from this was the Gris Blanc! I was glad I didn’t fall in love with Miraval since it was even more expensive than my fave Whispering Angel. So put on my Rose and Rap playlist, sit back and enjoy some pink wine. P.S. rose always tastes better on a patio…
I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention Yes Way Rosé. You can find it at Target for about $13. It has a well designed bottle, it’s a little bit sweeter than I normally like but not so much so that you don’t want to drink it. It’s an easy drinker, great for a group of people where you might not know their wine preferences and just plain fun to drink!
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