Rosé wine is a very divisive topic. A recent New York Times article, Rosé: In Demand, but Not Demanding reports, "If you feel the need for a good, strong bath of cynicism, gather a few sommeliers in summer and discuss rosés. They could give teenagers a few lessons in eye-rolling, lip-curling, and other facial displays of exasperation."
It is true: Order rosé with your dinner and you may get a snide look. This year is looking "up" for the wine. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt recently released a rosé from their estate in France.
The most identifiable region producing rosé is Provence and most enjoy this wine in the heat of summer. Egg and poultry dishes often pair well with rosé and it should always be served chilled. Very chilled. Frankly, it is easy to drink and affordable. Even The New York Times doesn't recommend a bottle over about $25. With that, we list our five rosé wines under $20.
About $8: La Vielle Ferme This very dry rosé is also very affordable, making it an excellent hostess gift or perfect to serve at a party. It may be a bit acidic for some, but many are calling this the perfect "weekend wine." This is a very dry rosé, but it consistently receives good reviews.
About $11: Bougrier Rosé d'Anjou With strong strawberry notes, this crisp wine is not too dry and has a bit more sweetness than some of the others. It pairs well with many foods, is refreshing and is drinkable into the fall.
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About $12: C&C This rosé may not be very familiar to you. The label is a collaboration founded in 2008 between Food + Wine Magazine 2009 Winemaker of the year, Charles Smith (K Vintners, Charles Smith Wines) and Charles Bieler (Three Thieves, Birler Pere et Fils, Sombra mezcal) and was formed originally to produce a Provence style rosé from Washington fruit. It won't last forever in stores, so snatch it up while you can!
About $16: Domaine de Nizas 2011 This choice has notes of violet and cherry and features an almost creamy finish. It would pair well with Asian food or grilled vegetables for a special summertime feel. If you serve it with cheese, choose a saltier type like manchego.
About $18: Le Pont Bandol This rosé is dry and tart and a bit lighter than the others. With a hint of grapefruit and a light body, you might not want to wait for a special occasion to enjoy this special selection from France.