For us, it's not officially spring until we take our first sips of rosé. The moment that sweet pink elixir touches our lips, we instantly begin to feel warmer and ready to plan beach escapes, picnics, and rooftop parties — even if we never end up actually organizing such gatherings. If you too need rosé to dust off those last remnants of seasonal affective disorder and get pumped for sandal and fresh seafood season, we've got you covered.
As a way to help all of us prepare to jump feet-first into spring, we spoke to six wine professionals about their favorite affordable rosés for the season. These are wines you can pick up on your way to a party or before a breezy evening spent chilling on your fire escape without spending too much. Take a look ahead for their 13 under $15 picks.
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Santi - Infinito Rosé
"Northern Italian rosés are delicious. This one hails from the Veneto in northeast Italy near Lake Garda. What I love about this rosé is that it leans heavily toward orange blossom with loads of citrus and balanced acidity. If you cannot find this rosé, ask your wine shop for a rosé from The Veneto." — Sayle Milne, certified wine educator and founder of Wine Savvy NYC
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Poema Cava Brut Rosé
"The only thing better than rosé is bubbly rosé! Bubbles are truly the most food-friendly wines that exist (in my opinion). Look for this gem from Spain. It's light and floral with notes of strawberries and the bubbles make it especially refreshing." — Sayle Milne, certified wine educator and founder of Wine Savvy NYC
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Herdade do Rocim Mariana Rosé
"Portugal has a very long-lived wine history and makes insanely awesome wines (also, the values there are incredible). I love their hearty red wines from a region called Alentejo and for this reason, I really liked this rosé wine, made of the same grape called Touriga Nacional. This wine is lighter than I expected with wonderful flavors of strawberries and cream. It is also lower in alcohol (12%), making it a 'day drinking' winner in my book." — Sayle Milne, certified wine educator and founder of Wine Savvy NYC
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Beronia Rosé 2017
"This lively Spanish rosé is like springtime in a glass! A blend of Garnacha and Tempranillo grapes, it's full of tart cherry and pretty floral aromas, and the palate layers in some fresh white peach and citrus. This wine will definitely be one of my warm-weather go-to's this season. Added bonus: it's vegan-friendly." — Sarah Tracey, sommelier and founder of The Lush Life
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Canned Oregon NV Pink Rosé Bubbles
"For spring picnics and summer beach getaways, canned wines are ideal: convenient, portable, and allowed in places where glass bottles may not be! This one from Oregon is lovely: lightly fizzy, dry, and refreshing, with juicy watermelon and pink grapefruit notes." — Sarah Tracey, sommelier and founder of The Lush Life
Canned Oregon NV Pink Rosé Bubbles, $14, available through Canned Oregon.
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Domaines Paul Mas, Côté Mas 'Rosé Aurore' 2017
"This is my pick for bringing to a party: not only is this a 1-liter bottle (so, 25% more wine than the standard 750ml), the label evoking vintage travel posters of the South of France makes it a beautiful host gift! Jean Claude Mas comes from four generations of grape growers in the Languedoc and since 2000, has been making gorgeous wines sourced from 12 estates in this beautiful French region. This an easy-drinking wine full of soft, ripe strawberry flavors." — Sarah Tracey, sommelier and founder of The Lush Life
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"When picking out a bottle of rosé, I always look for one that is lighter in color and lower in alcohol. A deeper color tends to mean that a rosé is richer in body and has more sweetness, and I tend to prefer rosé that is super dry, lean, and higher in acid. A dry, light, and perfectly crisp rosé like Sauvetage is a great go-to wine for spring and summertime drinking. Look out for our latest vintage releasing in May." — Brooke Matthias, wine director at Winc
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"Ruza has a hint of spritz and a dry finish and is both light and refreshing. I love Ruza cans because they're portable and lightweight — great for the beach, picnics, and other summertime activities!" — Brooke Matthias, wine director at Winc
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Familie Bauer Zweigelt Rosé
"When I'm in the mood for something lighter in style but still mineral, crisp, and fruit-forward, my go-to is the Familie Bauer Zweigelt Rosé from Austria. This is an insane value and it comes in a liter bottle — perfect for entertaining! Château La Rame in Bordeaux is by far one of my favorite wine producers. I fell for their Bordeaux Blanc a few years back and am now ADDICTED to their rosé. In comparison to the Bauer, it's slightly more herbaceous with a touch more weight." — Ashley Santoro, regional beverage director at The Standard in New York, NY
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"My go-to summer wine is T.O. Rosè from Mas Théo, Southern Rhone. This wine is perfectly balanced and refreshing with notes of white peaches, slightly tangy on the mouth, with soft citrus aromas. Enjoy a glass with those perfect first strawberries of the season and a fresh goat cheese, it's what summer dreams are made of. " — Lindsey Ofcacek, wine director at 610 Magnolia in Louisville, KY and co-founder and executive director of The Lee Initiative
Mas Théo T.O. Rosè, $15, available through Marcus Brothers Imports.
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"This is a crisp, easy-drinking rosé. On the dry side, but still super fresh with notes of strawberry. This wine seriously pairs well with almost any spring or summer activity or meal. And it's made without any additives, so you know you're drinking the good stuff." — Rachel Vodofsky, co-founder of Vinebox Inc
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Alex Garnacha Rosé
"From the Vinebox 2019 Rose Collection, this Garnacha-based wine is a deeper-hued rosé than I normally gravitate towards. But it's still light on its toes. Fresh, almost-candy-like strawberry flavors and hints of peach and raspberry with a fresh hibiscus note that keeps it light, floral, and tart. I'm drinking this one with Greek takeout." — Rachel Vodofsky, co-founder of Vinebox Inc
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Exquisite Collection Côtes de Provence
"It's baaaack! The cult rosé from @aldiusa that everyone was legit obsessed with last summer — Exquisite Collection Côtes de Provence — is hitting shelves again for a limited time on [May 8]! I tasted it blind and never would have guessed it's well under $10" — Sarah Tracey, sommelier and founder of The Lush Life
Exquisite Collection Côtes de Provence, $7.99, available at Aldi.