Happy Hour Friday: Wine and Cheese Edition

Getting together with friends after work today? Feeling the pinch of a busy schedule and the summer heat? Consider one of these simple pairings for todayís happy hour with friends menu.

What you need:

Red wine of choice, a wedge of Grana Padano, toothpicks.

What you do:

Pour the red wine into a suitable number of glasses for your gathering, and cut the Grana Padano into rustic cubes or chunks. Serve with toothpicks on a platter.

Additional suggestions:

†If you have a little more time, you might want to try an open-faced Italian sandwich on ciabatta bread with roasted or grilled Mediterranean vegetables and grated Grana Padano. For those who havenít had a chance to try it, Grana Padano is a wonderfully full-flavored grainy cheese produced in the Po Valley area of northern Italy. Iíve always remembered it fondly from when I lived there. I enjoy it with a pinot noir, or a glass of organic red wine. Pick a wine pairing that suits you and go for it. This is one of those menus you can pull together on the fly for a quick gathering on the balcony before heading out for a group event.

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