Summer should really just be renamed as “Rosé Season.”
As soon as the puffer coats and boots have been officially benched, it’s time to pop bottles and whip out the #millenialpink booze. Rosé has become so ubiquitous with hot weather, though, that many other highly palatable wines get pushed to the wayside by wine newbies and self-conscious drinkers.
And that, my friends, is a total shame. Because there are some incredible (and affordable) wines that can quench your thirst just as well, if not better, than a glass of rosé on a hot summer night. Keep scrolling for five no-headache wines that are sure you make the next three months a little more fun.
Vouvray is a French white wine that can be found in dry or sparkling varieties. A little effervescence never hurt anybody, right? This bottle is made with biodynamic, organic grapes from the same vineyard, and has light flavors of apricot and honey with a bite of acidity. Look for other Vouvray varieties for a lightly sparkling white wine option.
Chateau Puech-Haut Saint-Drezery Prestige 2015
A very, very French wine, this rosé is everything a good pink drink should be—highly drinkable, light, pretty, and tasty. It’s made with biodynamic Grenache and Cinsault grapes (no hangover!).
Maysara Winery Arsheen Pinot Gris 2014, Momtazi Vineyard, McMinnville
A biodynamic and organic wine from the lush Williamette Valley in Oregon, this Pinot Gris is crisp, smooth, slightly acidic, and tastes a little green. It’s perfect for sipping on during an outdoor BBQ or while catching the sunset at the beach.
Leclerc Briant Brut Rosé Champagne, France
A bubbly rosé? Yes, this is real life. Hailing from the Champagne region, this Leclerc Briant Brut has a “berries and cream” taste to it—right up your alley if you prefer sweeter dessert wines like Sancerre, Reisling, or Moscato.
Perlage Col di Manza Rive di Ogliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore
This super-affordable sparkling wine is ideal for those with champagne tastes on a prosecco budget. Fresh and bright, this bottle is a total steal (it’s $18) and a secret favorite of wine lovers—it’s won five international wine awards! Snatch up a few bottles to keep in the fridge to drink all summer long.