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The Best Rosé Wines You Can Buy for Less Than $20

2017 Summer Water Rosé

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This made-for-millennials wine tastes just as great as it looks on Instagram. It'll have a lighter body and be on the drier end—perfect if you're sipping all day and don't want a sugar overload. Fun fact: By picking the grapes for this Central Coast grenache and syrah blend early in the season, there's a natural acidity to it that goes great with shellfish, like ceviche or a lobster roll.

Buy it: 2017 Summer Water Rosé; $18

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Minuty M Rosé 2017

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This rosé hails from the O.G. land of rosé: the Provence region in the south of France. Château Minuty creates this light and bright blend with Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah grapes—and you know it's a winner because it's the go-to rosé pick at all the hottest hotels in Côte d’Azur (a.k.a. the French Riviera). 

Buy it: Minuty M Rosé 2017; $20

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Cameron Hughes Lot 647 Pinot Noir Rosé

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This wine starts with strawberry and lilac aromas, then opens up to hints of cantaloupe, blood orange, and watermelon—the perfect summer wine that you can snag for less than you pay for takeout.

Buy it: Cameron Hughes Lot 647 Pinot Noir Rosé; $13

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2017 Cocomero Rosé

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This isn't your run-of-the-mill "meh" wine with a cute label. This is a deliciously fruity rosé (with hints of strawberry, watermelon, and peach ring—yes, like the candy) with a scratch and sniff label that smells like watermelon. Just let that sink in. It gets its name (and label smell) from the Italian word for "watermelon," the Mediterranean country's summer treat of choice.

Buy it: 2017 Cocomero Rosé; $15

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2017 Santa Cristina Cipresseto

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This pretty-in-pink Tuscan wine has fruity and floral touches, thanks to peaches and white flowers. The flavors are balanced, fragrant, and savory with a nice mineral crispness as a finishing touch. It pairs well with pasta, so whip up a big batch of one of these healthy pasta dishes, and host an alfresco Italian-theme dinner party for your next girls' night.

Buy it: 2017 Santa Cristina Cipresseto; $14

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California Roots Rosé

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This Target rosé costs only $5 a pop. (Cue the applause.) But don't expect it to taste like $5 wine. It has a nice balance of sweet and tang and is well-rounded and easy on the tongue. It's part of Target's California Roots wine collection (all of which is affordable AF) and was just released in April 2018.

Buy it: California Roots Rosé; $5

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2017 Domaine de Triennes Rosé

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"The two things people love about rosé are that it's fresh and acidic," says Adam Sweders, the corporate sommelier for all of DineAmic Group's restaurants in Chicago. This bottle nails them both. It has a great balance of red fruit and minerality and pairs well with anything.

Buy it: 2017 Domaine de Triennes Rosé; $15

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Cupcake Vineyards Sparkling Rosé

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Champagne is so January. Instead, pop a bottle of this bubbly rosé to toast to a special occasion (or, you know, life). Italian chardonnay and pinot nero grapes blend to create a rosé that just about anyone will love—and for under $15.

Buy it: Cupcake Vineyards Sparkling Rosé; $14

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2017 Bertani Bertarose

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Sweders likes this wine for its floral and berry notes: white flowers, cherry, roses, and strawberries. It's like a delicious flavor punch to your mouth. This wine pairs well with salads and veggies, as well as white meats, like chicken breast or turkey—so you can nosh on a healthy summer meal while treating yourself to some amazing wine (#balance). (Try it with one of these healthy summer salads.)

Buy it: 2017 Bertani Bertarose Veneto, Italy; $16

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2016 Mouton Noir Love Drunk Rose

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This Oregon wine mixes pinot noir and chardonnay for a resulting burst of fruits, including watermelon and kiwi that add a tropical twist, says Sweders. Plus, the punchy graphic label will look adorable in a summer picnic spread.

Buy it: 2016 Mouton Noir Love Drunk Rose; $17

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2016 Bodegas Muga Rioja Rosado

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Not a fruit-forward wine fan? Here's one for you. This Spanish Rioja is "a much more serious rosé than most patio pounders care to drink," says Sweders. Pair it with ceviche, chicken, or—if you want to eat like they do in Spain—some goat. (Who knows, it could become your next favorite dish!)

Buy it: 2016 Bodegas Muga Rioja Rosado; $18

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Division 'L'Avoiron' Rosé of Gamay Noir 2017

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With flavors of strawberry and watermelon, this light and refreshing rosé is perfect for your next Sunday brunch or family potluck. Feel good about your pick knowing it's co-signed by Daphne Stratta, sommelier at Steadfast Chicago, who says it's also a solid (and affordable) choice for the spring and summer season.

Buy it: Division 'L'Avoiron' Rosé of Gamay Noir 2017; $18

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Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosé

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This sparkling Italian wine feels light but holds up to more complex, bold food pairings. Try it with savory Italian appetizers, rich seafood dishes, and spicy seasonings.

Buy it: Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosé; $20

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Santa Julia Innovación Rosé

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This Argentine wine is easy to find in a pinch (you can grab it at Whole Foods!), and it's perfect for summer sipping. It's fruit-forward for a being a dry rosé, with raspberry and blackberry flavors and a full body, says Jordan Sager, vice president of Winesellers in Chicago, meaning it's great for those who want just a touch of sweetness. 

Buy it: Santa Julia Innovación Rosé; $10

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2017 Planeta Rosé

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Fresh and fruity, Silician rosé's aromas of strawberry and watermelon make it oh-so-good in the summer heat, says Mark Maruszak, DWS, sommelier and wine director at Benny's Chop House. It's fantastic as an aperitif or with tapas and shellfish. (Bonus: It can also make a bomb sangria. Try it in one of these 15 healthy sangria recipes.) 

Buy it: 2017 Planeta Rosé; $15

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