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The Italian Abroad Wine Blog

The Italian abroad wine blog is my, Andrea, wine blog and diary. I founded Italyabroad.com in 2003 and have been living abroad for almost 20 years and this blog is a collection of my thoughts mainly about Italian wine and wine in general. I come from an Italian wine making family and got acquainted with wine at a very early age, but I don't just love Italian wine, I love every good wine and drink plenty of it, I am very passionate about good food and travelling, and often my posts include a bit of everything.

To help you understand Italian wines, we have designed a series of wine maps, starting with a DOC and a DOCG wine map, where you can discover the provenance of your favourite Italian wines and I wrote this post that explains the Italian wine classification.

We also have a Youtube channel where you can watch me tasting wine and answering your questions about Italian wines and grapes, from the meaning of DOC to what is an orange wine.

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Vintage, what it is and does it really matter?

May 3, 2019    Tags: Wine, Vintage View Comments (0)

Does vintage matter? Yes and no. In a way, it always matter, even though it should not be taken into account when buying wines that are supposed to be drunk within a couple of years. However, even for those wines, in vintage year if there is any vintage declaration or in years with perfect weather conditions when there isn’t, when the grapes reach the winery in perfect conditions, even for those wines, the vintage affect the quality of the wine without affecting the price

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Chianti vs Chianti Classico

April 23, 2019    Tags: Chianti , Chianti Classico, Chianti DOCG View Comments (0)

What is the difference between Chianti and Chianti Classico? Is Chianti Classico better than the “normal” Chianti? Which is the Chianti with the black rooster on the label? These are only some of the questions that I get asked when tasting Chiantis. Lets start answering them

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Italian wine classification demystified

April 6, 2019    Tags: DOC, Italian Wine Classificaion, DOCG, IGT, Table Wines, PDO, PGI View Comments (0)

We all agree that Italian wine is very confusing and it is often a matter for experts. Plenty of wines have names that have nothing to do with the grapes they are made of, some have the name of the town or the area where they are produced, and even when the name on the label is the same the wine could be very different, sometime totally different

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Craft Beer, breweries and people

February 25, 2019    Tags: Craft beer, IGA, Craft Breweries View Comments (0)

Italian craft beer in the UK is not yet widely known and appreciated, there are a few craft breweries, the biggest ones, but there is very little available in terms of styles. Italian craft beer is exciting, yes, it is slightly more expensive than the others, but it is certainly the most exciting at the moment, craft beer is still driven by passion and love for the beer

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“Delle Venezie DOC debuts second vintage”

February 20, 2019    Tags: Pinot Grigio, DOC delle Venezie, Sauvignon Blanc, DOC View Comments (0)

Italian DOC wines have reached the astonishing number of 330, they were 329 before the latest addition, and consumers probably know only a handful of them, and I don’t think they really care or are even aware of whether a wine is DOC or not when purchasing a bottle

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Dry January and wine prices

February 11, 2019    Tags: Naked Wines, Wine Prices, Wine Offer, Wine Deal View Comments (0)

Dry January has not been dry at all. Despite all advertising and effort, according to newspapers, the month of January has seen an increase in alcohol consumption, and considering that I have never seen wine so cheap, it is not difficult to believe.

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Can Mrs. May learn about negotiation by looking at the wine industry?

January 23, 2019    Tags: Prosecco, Brexit, Italy, Sparkling Wine , Australia View Comments (0)

I just read that EU and Australia have almost reached a compromise on the Prosecco dispute, Australian producers will, still to be confirmed, be able to keep producing and selling Prosecco, amongst many other European protected food, by adding “Australian” on the label

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4 tips to better enjoy your wine

December 10, 2018    Tags: Christmas, Decanter, Glasses, Temperature View Comments (0)

Christmas is upon us and plenty of special bottles of wine will be open over the coming days to celebrate, here is our 4 tips on how to enjoy them at their best. Simple measures that can literally transform your wine drinking experience

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Biodynamic, organic and natural wines, what are the differences?

November 27, 2018    Tags: Organic wines, Natural Wines, Biodynamics Wines View Comments (0)

Natural wines are made without any human intervention, only natural yeast, no additions or corrections, the juice becomes wines following its own rhythm. Organic and biodynamic wines are wines certified by a third party, confirming that they have been made according their respective regulations, for natural wines there isn’t yet a third party that can certify their being “natural” and currently it is up to the interpretation given to the word by the wine maker and it is possible, to find “natural wines” made following different approaches with different results

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Where does Italyabroad.com stand with regard to Palm Oil?

November 23, 2018    Tags: Food, Palm Oil, Quality, Selfrdiges View Comments (0)

Selfridges recently announced that all their own label food products do not contain palm oil. We never made any announcement but all our products not only do not contain are palm oil free, but always been, since day one, since we started, since 2003, where very few people were talking about palm oil

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