The Italian Abroad Wine Blog,
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The Italian abroad wine blog is Andrea's wine blog and diary. Andrea is the founder of Italyabroad.com and has been living abroad for almost 20 years and this blog is a collection of thoughts mainly about Italian wine and the wine industry. Andrea comes from an Italian wine making family and got acquainted with wine at a very early age, but he does not just love wine, he is also very passionate about food and travelling and often his posts includes a bit of everything.
Hoping to help the understanding of Italian wines, we have designed a series of wine maps, currently it includes DOC and DOCG wine, where you can discover the provenance of your favourite Italian wines.
And if you want to learn more about Italian wines and wine in general, watch Andrea on our Youtube channel tasting our wines and answering questions about Italian wines and grapes, from the Italian wine classification to what is an orange wine.
A few days ago I was surfing the internet and I came across different articles about the top 10 Italian wines, from the number of articles found seems to be a hot issue, from different wine writers including one from Jonathan Ray of the Daily Telegraph and the majority of lists were featuring all the usual wines made by the big Italian producers.
My visit to the Vinitaly this year started with a mail I received immediately after landing with a link inviting me to read it. The link took me to an article, published by a very important weekly Italian magazine, called Velenitaly about two scandals currently happening in the Italian wine industry.
A few days ago, on my way back from a day in the countryside I stopped at Asda to buy some milk for my next morning breakfast, I went to see their wines. This shop was somewhere at the border between England and Scotland. I found the Italian section and started browsing amongst their wines, a part from plenty of Pinot grigio coming from all over regions and ranging from £3.99 to £8.99 without any explanation for the non wine connoisseur, my attention was grabbed by a Soave that was on sale for a staggering £2.98.
This week I was watching the weekly episode of Breaking into Tesco which I consider a PR exercise for Tesco in a time where everyone is trying to tell us not to shop in supermarkets and be very careful when shopping. Through the program Tesco is showing us its shining facilities and offering the winner of the series, the opportunity of seeing his or her recipe transformed in a Tesco product.
Last Wednesday as anticipated and expected, the Chancellor has announced the duty increase as an instrument to fight the binge drinking, however, we all know that this won't have any effect on the binge drinking but will only penalise conscientious drinkers and will help supermarkets in growing even more their market share and put small and independent and knowledgeable shops out of business.
Until recently chocolate was thought to be better with other alcoholic drinks, warm, soft and round like Rum or Cognac but this opinion has changes thanks to a wave of wine lovers and experts happy to experiment. Matching wine and chocolate, however, is not an easy task due to the complexity of the chocolate itself and its thousand of variety and ingredients used.
I always mention during my tastings that wine is very personal, we can assess the quality of the wine, but everything else is left to our personal taste and we all have a different taste. To better explain my point, I tell you what happened to one of our wine. We submitted a wine to two different International wine competitions, probably the most famous, that includes amongst their judges plenty of Master of Wines and experts. Result: in one competition won the highest award, in the other one not even a mention. Nothing can prove my point better than this.
We keep watching on TV programs about what is behind the food available from supermarkets, but very often, the attention is not on the taste but on other elements that could be the way the lamb or chicken are treated or where it comes from.
In the last few weeks and will continue for a few more, every night on TV there is a program about the food we eat. A few nights were about chickens, then ready meals and more will come. It seems that suddenly a food revolution has started. I grown up in a culture where we were taught that you get what you pay for from when we were kids and this applies to food like anything else and having a business background, I also know that all businesses needs to make profits to survive. Starting from these two assumptions, it is easy to get to the conclusion that whenever we think we saved some money, we have actually wasted the money we spent. This is truer for the food because everything we eat and drink can harm our health, and even when it does not, they are not a pleasure anymore.
I finally got back home, it took me a bit longer than expected but I made it and I started to celebrate the festive season the Italian way with family and friends.
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