Pairing for pasta with radicchio
I'll be serving a main course of pasta with wilted radicchio and bacon. Can anyone give me a start on what would pair well with this? Radicchio is quite bitter if that's a start and the pasta has a bit of cream mixed in.
I would reach for an Alsatian Pinot Blanc. It will readily handle the bitterness, combat the body of the cream sauce and the acid will also help with the richness of the bacon. You could also try a Tocai Friulano (Italy). Again, it has richness but good acid.
For a red you could try an Austrian Zweigelt. In fact, upon further reflection that is probably where I would go first. But all three should work.
I like the idea of an Alsatian wine in general because your recipe reminds me of Tarte Flambee or Flammekueche, an Alsatian specialty. It is a small flatbread covered with creme fraiche, onions and bacon. So Alsatian white wine would be great!