Beyond their visual appeal, rosés, which are made from red grapes with only brief contact with the color-producing skins, can be deliciously refreshing wines on their own and worthy partners, depending on their character, to a variety of foods, a fact that is still under-appreciated. Most of the wines listed below will match well with everything from simple fish and vegetable dishes to grilled chicken, pork and even lamb.
And most come with a great price. With a couple of exceptions, these 10 standouts from five countries are all in the $12 to $20 range. Another part of the appeal of rosés is that they tend to be lower in alcohol, typically 12 to 13 percent.
The biggest problem with the wines is that they tend to have a sameness, at least at the budget level, which accounts for the vast majority. I find that many are all but interchangeable, with red fruit and perhaps watermelon tastes and not much else. The wines I discuss here are a cut above in their complexity and quite a few are memorable.
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