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I think I only began to understand my Dutch heritage four years ago. My mother grew up in the Netherlands, only uprooting to the United States when she was swept off balance by my American father in her mid-twenties. Desiring, I think, that we would grow closer to the land she still retains such affection for, we constantly found ourselves traveling to the land of her birth in order to carry out meet-and-greets with exceedingly kind and inviting relatives. But from one particular recent visit developed a lasting impression that originated from her cigarillo smoking cousin:
"The Dutch like a bit of anarchy."

Put another way, the Dutch seem to like establishing certain rules and laws, if only to ensure there are always a few good ones left to break. Smoking is banned in soccer stadiums, yet the number of cigarettes present at the game I've attended have been second only to beers. Now I don't necessarily agree with the old adage, "rules were made to be broken." As we've discussed many moons ago, "all generalizations are dangerous, even this one." But I think we can mostly agree that some rules, are a bunch of codswallop. And at the least, it doesn't hurt, to break them. This post is in honor of one such a rule.

As I mentioned recently, I'm currently inhabiting a big tin can (an airstream) on a local murder-site-to-be (campground). Shortly after arriving at this new home, I was tritely informed by "the management," that there was a strict "no hammocks," policy. Upon inquiring why this odd rule was in place, I was told that they "damage the trees." Indeed, it seems that the true scourge of the planet isn't the wealth of fossil fuels we pump out into the atmosphere with our 47 liter V-50 engines, but us inconsiderate hammock-dwellers. As far as I'm concerned, this is as silly as permanent 'keep off the grass' signs

I'm not sure why we keep reinforcing this imagined mind-wall between us and nature, but I won't stand for it. Upon learning of these hammock-haters, the Dutchman stirred within me. I found myself wanting to use my hammock more than ever. And, oddly enough, the longer I remained at the campground, the more hammocks I saw hung furtively behind campers, or else within tree-shrouded yards. It seems the Dutch aren't the only ones who enjoy a bit of anarchy. And I for one will be blarmied if I can’t use my hammock on my two perfectly spaced trees behind my own airstream in order to enjoy a glass, above the grass, on a midsummer’s day. So the next time you're looking to rebel quietly, in the peace of your own relaxing, high strung paradise, you might want to grab this bottle as your accomplice:
  • The Wine: Broadbent Vinho Verde 2015
  • The Region: Vinho Verde is the largest wine producing region in all of Portugal!
  • The Name: Vinho Verde literally means 'green wine.' Green is used here with the implication of being young or lacking experience. Indeed, inexperience leads to some of the best rebelling. Youth often hasn't had time to be indoctrinated into the established order. To me, this wine shines with youth.
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The Broadbent is like if some fellow, or fellette, had a margarita one time and went: “I like that. Make it a wine!” And I mean this in a good way. It’s delicious, fruit fizzed, and rejuvenating. Just imagine losing some of the lime, and replacing it with mango, yellow apple, and some lemon rind.

The Broadbent, as with many Vinho Verdes, seems almost to be made in the style of what wine nerds would call a ‘pétillant naturel.’ Simply put, it’s got some bubble trouble. Some fizz wiz. It’s a gas guzzler. In layman’s terms, it’s slightly carbonated. Not quite to the extent of a champagne, but it’s certainly noticeable and exceptionally refreshing. It makes it the perfect wine for a perfect lazy summer rebellion, such as fighting the man from the quiet comfort of your own backyard. 

The Recap:
  • The Wine: Broadbent Vinho Verde 2015
  • The Taste: It's astonishing how fresh this wine tastes. Tart, crisp, with a slight, incorrigible fizz. Full of tropical and citrus fruits.
  • The Pairing: To be sumptuously sipped on warm days accompanied by a good book (in my case, 'Travel's with Charley,' by John Steinbeck), and a feeling of light-hearted triumph.  It's a brilliant alternative to Rosé or Pinot Grigio if you've had too much of those in these dying days of summer. With meals, stick to light dishes and sauces, as the wine won't stand up well to anything too hearty.
  • The Rating: 3 - This isn't meant negatively, but you should think before you purchase this wine. Make sure you're looking for such a light and fruit wine before you purchase it. It could not be more different from a buttery chardonnay.
For a brief ratings explanation, check over here.
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Comments

08/28/2016 6:33am

Government create the different laws and public is follow the all laws otherwise punished the government. Public always good exception to government otherwise people are doing the strike against government.

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10/21/2016 4:43am

Well, I can't argue with you regarding the rules, because I won't exempt myself, for I am also a rule-breaker myself. I also hate to much rules, it makes me feel suffocated. By the way, great choice of wine, it surely is refreshing on a sunny weather.

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I've already tasted this wine, and for me, this wine was good. I usually drink this to relieve myself from stress at home or work. I can recommend this one to you, but I cannot guarantee that you will like it because we have different taste buds. I will give a rate for this wine, it would be 4 or 4.5. This is an effective stress reliever for me, so I think this works with you too.

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