We Tried Every Boxed Rosé We Could Find and This Was the Best One

We Tried Every Boxed Rosé We Could Find and This Was the Best One

I’ve said it (many times) before and I’ll say it again: Boxed wine is underrated. It’s cheap, it saves space, and its packaging is better for the environment.

You can keep your bottles, Mr. or Mrs. Fancypants, because my kind of wine comes from a spout—and I’m damn proud of it.

I’m on a mission to find the best boxes on grocery store shelves, and I’m dragging my coworkers along for the ride.

Related: We Tried Every Boxed Pinot Grigio We Could Find and This Was the Best

As I write this, it’s summertime and the living is easy. So, naturally, we decided it was a perfect time to taste rosé.

If I learned anything from trying to conduct a boxed rosé tasting, it’s this: It’s really hard to find this stuff in stores. I went to EIGHT DIFFERENT STORES and was only able to scrounge up four boxes. Lots of brands make boxed rosé, but (at least where I live) it’s almost impossible to find them on shelves.

Of the four boxes I could locate, all of our tasters had a clear favorite. Here’s what we found:

Most Likely to Give You a Hangover From Hell: Franzia Sunset Blush

Price: $12.99 ($3.25 per bottle)

I’m definitely in the minority here (almost everyone else who tried this wine was repulsed), but I didn’t hate Franzia Sunset Blush. It tastes like cotton candy, Boone’s Farm, and a simpler time. More than anything, though, this tastes like a hangover.

Drink it at your own risk.

Best for People Who Don’t Really Like Rosé: Black Box Rosé

Price: $17.99 ($4.50 per bottle)

Black Box Rosé is light, crisp, refreshing, and totally drinkable. The only problem? It doesn’t really taste like rosé. Though its description alleges that it has flavors of strawberry, watermelon, and white peach, this was definitely lacking the fruity flavors we were expecting.

If you’re a fan of extremely dry wines, though, you might want to grab a box on your next grocery store run.

Honorable Mention: Bota Box Dry Rosé

Price: $18.99 ($4.75 per bottle)

Bota Box, you never let us down. This box was extremely well-balanced and we loved its subtle floral flavors.

“This is a great middle ground,” said one tester. “Just sweet enough, but there’s a little tang.”

“I love the hints of strawberry,” said another.

While some people thought it was a bit too dry, we all agreed on one thing: We could drink a lot of this.

Best All-Around: Wine Cube Rosé

Price: $17.99 ($4.50 per bottle)

Target’s signature box won this taste test by a landslide. Our (admittedly picky) testers were impressed by its quality, despite its low price point. Wine Cube Rosé touts “aromas of raspberry and watermelon,” and the flavor definitely delivers.

“The watermelon flavor is surprisingly nice,” raved one tester. “It’s not too sweet. This fruity and refreshing rosé would be great for a picnic.”

“This is wonderful,” another tester said. “It’s refreshing and has the perfect hint of watermelon without being artificial.”

If you’re on the market for an exceptional boxed rosé, pick up Wine Cube on your next Target run—you won’t be disappointed.

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