As smooth and flavorful as the 2007 Friends.Red is, it provides the perfect go-anywhere, pour-anytime kind of wine. It is an ideal party wine as it pleases the initiated and uninitiated palate alike. Furthermore, we see it as the ultimate midweek respite from the trials and tribulations of those who are less than amiable. In other words, at the end of a long day, we like to open a bottle of Friends.Red to share with friends as well as some hearty, home cooking. We find this wine especially enjoyable with the delights of an Italian kitchen. Eggplant Parmigiana, Parmesan infused risottos, Beef Braciole, and homemade pastas, served with plenty of fresh, herb infused tomato sauce are just a few of our favorites. A hearty Pasta Primavera or Spaghetti Bolognese makes another fine accompaniment. Ravioli, stuffed with ricotta, spinach, zucchini, and Parmesan cheese and topped with chopped fresh tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic, and capers pairs beautifully with Friends.Red as well. However, as fine as these Italian specialties are with this wine, Friends.Red pairs equally well with other foods, too, including pork barbecue, meatloaf, and even moderately spicy Middle Eastern specialties such as tabouli. In fact, we enjoy the Friends.Red with almost everything, or nothing at all, because it is one smooth, good old-fashioned drinking wine. Enjoy!