As part of developing Tides' drinks list, Nate and I are haphazardly sampling any wine that we think looks interesting. We pick them from the local supermarkets based on origin, grape type and cost. We prefer South African vintners because they're African, but there are also some Argentinian, Chilean and French bottles thrown into the mix.
But here's the thing. I know what I like, but I don't really know that much about wine. I have friends who do, and am considering sending them a list of all the wines Liberia imports with a highlighter (you know who you are, so consider yourself warned). Until I do that, though, we're on a blind, random taste test of whatever we spontaneously buy.
And because I have no intention of presenting our wine list with any kind of authority, we write down phrases like the following after taking a dozen or so sips:
"Smooth, berries, accessible, light, subtle"
And then, a bit later:
"Cross-dressing red won't freak at your seafood,"
"Smells like wildflowers in the springtime if you poured red wine on them,"
"Smells like trouble and tastes like high school."
Expect a rather interesting menu. If you're in Monrovia and have favorites, please list them in the comments section and we'll do our best to stock them at a reasonable price...