Rosé may be the quintessential Summer wine. It goes with just about any food from spicy appetizers to grilled meats to cheese plates, but it isn't so acidic that it can't be sipped alone. We tried a whole slew of Rosés, from bone-dry to syrupy sweet, but these five are just right, plus they have an affordable price tag to match. Keep reading to find your next picnic wine.
2012 Etude Carneros Pinot Noir Rosé
For a wine on the sweeter side, try this Etude Carneros Pinot Noir Rosé  ($26) that has a crowd-friendly tutti-frutti quality. The slight mentholated finish will give you a cooling buzz. This wine would mellow out spicy foods or ethnic cuisine like Indian or Thai.
2012 Fritz Estate Rosé
At 14.2 percent alcohol, Fritz's 2012 Estate Rosé  ($20) initially stunned our taste buds with its sharp, alcohol-forward flavor. However, it finishes smooth and sweet, like cantaloupe and watermelon. A blend of Zinfandel, Malbec, and Cabernet Sauvignon, it has a slight oaky flavor. This thirst-quencher would pair well with picnic fare.
2012 Chateau D'Aquéria Tavel
Grilled meats need a wine that can stand up to them, and this French Rosé  ($14) is the bottle for the job. It's a blend of seven grapes and has a complex flavor to match. We don't recommend drinking this heavier-bodied wine alone, but with food, it's just as refreshing as finishing a dish with a spritz of lemon.
2012 Las Rocas de San Alejandro Rosé
We don't feel much shame putting a few cubes of ice in our glasses of this Spanish Rosé  ($9). Talk about a palate-cleansing wine, with a scent like an herb garden and flavor reminiscent of eucalyptus. We'd love pairing it with foods slathered in mint, rosemary, or parsley.
2012 Gary Farrell Russian River Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir
We couldn't stop filling our glasses with Gary Farrell's pale-salmon Rosé  ($28). Crisp and bone-dry, it's everything you'd want in a Rosé. This is no floral or fruity wine; rather, it possesses the minerality of a Pinot Noir without the body.