One Rosé, Two Rosé, Three Rosé, Four

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Ah, Rosé. How we love you. You’re refreshing and crisp and possess all the things we love about sipping on something wonderful as the weather heats up. Since gas prices are starting their yearly climb, and that savings account for your vacation hasn’t seemed to grow itself, how ‘bout we offer some affordable alternatives that fit the bill just swimmingly?

Here are three of the newest Rosés to hit your grocery store aisles from brands you already drink, at prices that will make you want to buy them by the case:

Barefoot California Rosé

This well-known brand is recognized by their footprint logo; it’s a popular bubbly and has a low-effect on a customer’s wallet. Although Barefoot’s Rosé is new to the marketplace, it’s juicy fruit notes and off-dry finish sings a familiar tune reminiscent of the other infamous styles of wine in their lineup: Moscato, Sweet Red Blend, etc.

This pink drop is a blend of Grenache, Zinfandel and Riesling, which explains why the candied red berries and melon are consistent throughout the nose and palate. A fitting choice for a hot summer day or as the base of your favorite sangria recipe; and at an average price of $7, you can afford to experiment with a couple different recipes. Bottoms up!

Dark Horse Rosé

Another household brand in the world of wine drinkers, Dark Horse made its name by specializing in their inky, luscious and fruit-centric Cabernet Sauvignon, supported by a range of both red and white varietals. Their Rosé is the first blush colored addition to the beloved lineup and is made in a traditional Provence style.

Dry in finish yet hardly lacking in succulent fruit, winemaker Beth Liston combined Grenache, Barbera, Pinot Gris and Tempranillo grapes to create the brightness and balance present in every glass of this aromatic drop. A palate pleaser but hardly overdone, Dark Horse Rosé is versatile and fresh with a pleasant amount of weight on the mouthfeel. Easy to pair with, this wine plays well with others, making it flawless for summertime hangs. Available for $10, BUY

Apothic Rosé

Making their name in the wine industry with their infamous blends in both red and white styles, Apothic just recently revealed their Rosé–the newest blend to enter the family. Out of this blend of Tempranillo and Grenache come ripened watermelon and juicy strawberry flavors that simply pop out of the glass as you take a whiff.

The palate hardly disappoints with a medium bodied weight that still manages to stay refreshing and crisp. The finish seems to say “dry”, but fruit flavors resound after taking your last sip, making this pink drink suitable for pairing with heavier hors d’oeuvres or enjoying on it’s own while watching the summer sun go down. Available for 1-cent delivery by Amazon!


Samantha Stowell aka Sam(the) Somm began her adventure with wine 4 years ago after quitting her corporate life as an interior designer. After completing the Advanced Level 3 WSET course, she traveled to McLaren Vale, Australia to work for Mollydooker wines. Since returning, she has been the sommelier of a wine bar in Downtown Santa Ana, CA, helping to develop their wine program and is currently the resident sommelier at Yves’ Restaurant & Wine Bar in Anaheim Hills, CA.


Originally published at www.ilikethisgrape.com on May 16, 2017.