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Apr 16, 2008 11:15 AM

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.

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  1. 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.

    1. 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!

      1. Greens and Cream.... the common wine denominator there, IMO, is Chardonnay. Add at least a hint of garlic to make sure.

        5 Replies
        1. re: Chicago Mike

          Are there any red wine options that anyone could think of?

          1. re: shannoninstlouis

            The zweigelt is a red. It is similar to Pinot in tannin level. Being from austria it will have a nice backbone of acid to help break through the cream sauce

              1. re: shannoninstlouis

                Why would you even say anything like that? Wine is what I have studied for the last 15 years of my life and that is the only reason I know. Zweigelt is not a common grape and only recently has become somewhat known outside of Austria.