Rosé wine once was dismissed as the Red Bull of Provence: overly sweet and kind of tacky. Then it became trendy, popping up on menus like the cupcake of corked goods. Finally, rosé is a genuinely acceptable (nay, awesome) option, carrying neither shame nor novelty status. Refreshing and dry, it can be particularly flavorful when paired with the right plate — such as the designer pizzas at Tavolo (1918 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, 617.822.1918), which offers a by-the-glass selection. Radius (8 High Street, Boston, 617.426.1234) just wrapped up a July rosé-and-burger-pairing series. You can super-size your order at Catalyst (300 Technology Square, Cambridge, 617.576.3000), where a French rosé variety comes by the magnum. Naturally, the same goes for Provençal showplace Bistro du Midi (272 Boylston Street, Boston, 617.426.7878), which recently debuted a special L’Après Midi weekday menu designed to pair perfectly with sips from its well-curated rosé list. See? Even the finest diners needn’t blush when ordering.
_ Stuff Boston