Moment of truth people, my average bottle price for wine is about $25, but I have a lot of people in my life that don’t spend all their extra money on vino (bizarre, right?). SO. In order to help out my wine-lovers on a budget, I wanted to do a tasting of wines under $10. I went to my local grocery store (just a regular, average, nothing-special-about-it grocery store) and since we’re entering summer I picked up 3 rosés with an average price of $9 (what a steal!).
If you’re looking for something super affordable, if you don’t know which rosé to get at the store, or if you just want something you can pop open and not feel guilty about…then keep reading!
The three wines I selected were all from Washington or California and are as follows:
- 14 Hands Winery, Stampede Rosé for $9.99
- Cupcake Vineyards Rosé for $8.49
- Dark Horse Rosé for $8.99
I was nervous because usually cheaper rosés tend to be sweeter and fruitier than their more pricey counterparts. This is a blanket statement that probably isn’t fair to say about all rosés, but from my experience it’s been true so far. Anyway, lets move on with it.
- Smells like: Bubblegum
- Tastes like: Watermelon and strawberries, not a lot of flavor and the flavor doesn’t last long
- Good for: BYOB casual BBQ, someone who is new to wine, sangria
- Eat with: BBQ or a spinach, strawberry, goat cheese salad
- Score: 5/10
Overall, this one left a lot to be desired when drinking on it’s own, but would be a fun and affordable option to make a cocktail or sangria with! Just drop in some oranges, peach schnapps, and some bubbly and you’ll be the life of the party.
- Smells like: Cantaloupe and melon
- Tastes like: Candy, peaches, sweet fruit
- Good for: Sweet drinkers, bridal showers, wine cocktails (like this one)
- Eat with: Meat and cheese plate or light salad
- Score: 6/10
This was the sweetest out of all of them, but I enjoyed it more than the 14 Hands since it had a bit more flavor. I would LOVE to try this in a wine cocktail with gin, rosemary and maybe some prosecco. Also it doesn’t get much cuter than this as far as labels go.
- Smells like: Strawberries
- Tastes like: Strawberries, nectarines, little bit of citrus
- Good for: Everyday drinking and picnics
- Eat with: Cheese plate or chips and dip
- Score: 7/10
This was my favorite out of all 3 wines (I like to think I can confidently say this even though I had about a glass worth of wine before I got to this one). Very fruit forward yet not overwhelming. The citrus helps cut the sweetness so it felt a little more balanced.
Do you have some favorite rosés? What are they? Share with me in the comments and I’ll be sure to check them out. Hopefully now you know which rosés to grab and which ones to avoid next time you’re at the store 😊