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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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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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Italian Craft Beer, breweries and people

February 25, 2019    Tags: Wine, Italian Craft Beer, Breweries, IGA View Comments (0)

Several hundred Italian craft breweries, thousands of beers, some great, some less, a few old friends, brewers I have known for several years, and people, plenty of visitors.

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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, no 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

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

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

All our products, and I mean all, do not contain Palm Oil. Our food suppliers are artisans and choose the best oils for their recipes independently of its price. Palm oil is widely used in the food industry because of its low cost, it is the cheapest vegetable oil of all

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Sugar tax, pizza size, what next, how many time we are allowed to eat per day?

October 17, 2018    Tags: UK, Calories, Obesity, Taxes View Comments (0)

The solution to the problem is not reducing or prohibiting or adding taxes, if this is the idea, the government will undoubtedly fail, the solution is educating, parents before children, creating spaces where children can play safely and run and sweat, where not only they will be able to burn the calories but also learn other social skills like communicating, sharing space with other children

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UK, it is all about the price and nothing about quality

October 5, 2018    Tags: Wine, Supermarkets , UK, Food View Comments (0)

When buying for our pets we read the labels, the ingredients, we spend time and money, we want to know what we are giving them, when buying our own food the main driver seems to be the price, the offer, the deal, we never check the ingredients or ask ourselves whether these are the things we want to put inside our body. Always remember, you get what you pay for

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