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The Italian Abroad Wine Blog

The Italian abroad wine blog is my 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 food, but also wine and food 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 any good wine and enjoy plenty of it, as well as 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 Italian wine regions maps featuring DOC and DOCG wines, where you can discover the origin and the grapes making your favourite Italian wine. I also wrote a post on the Italian wine appellation system explaining and demystifying the Italian wine classification and what it really means for Italian wine lover and wine drinkers in general.

Or you can check our Youtube channel where you can watch me tasting some of our wines and answer your questions about Italian wines and grapes, from the real meaning of DOC to what is an orange wine.

Hope you enjoy reading my posts and watching my videos

Andrea

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French winemakers caught adding too much sugar in the wine

January 31, 2009

A group of 40 French winemakers were caught adding too much sugar to their wine during the fermentation. This process, called chaptalisation is not always permitted, each country has a different legislation. In Italy it is forbidden, in France it is forbidden as well however, depending on the quality of the vintage, can be authorised yearly by the Government.

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2009, let's eat and drink well

January 20, 2009

2009 wants to be the year of the great british food with big chefs telling us that the food we buy from supermarkets is not tasty as the one we could buy from a farm.

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Red, rose' and white wine

January 17, 2009

Recently I keep reading about the growth of the rose' wine and the fall of the red wine and none of the articles read tries to explain the reason. My explanation for this growth is the age of the UK market.

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2009 and wine

January 7, 2009

First of all, happy New Year to all of you and lets hope the 2009 will be a fantastic year for all of us. Mine has not started that well, I got ill on the 1st of January and I am now starting to recover. What the 2009 will bring to us, wine lover? I don't know yet, my rational side tells me a lot less good wine, the emotional side, wants to believe that there will still be plenty of good wine to enjoy.

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Christmas Italian wines and food

December 10, 2008

Christmas is around the corner and for us Italians, it is a very important day and time of the year. Not only because of its religious meaning, but also because of what will happen on the day or better, the days. Our Christmas celebrations start on the 24th and finish on the 26th of December and during these3 days, with plenty of food and wine and we will rarely leave the table, it will be a three days eating marathon.

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The truth behind cheap wines

November 24, 2008

The magazine Which has recently published the result of a survey about supermarkets' promotions and the result were, for me, not surprising. What they found is that in plenty of cases, if not in all, the real discount was always different from the one highlighted.

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Wines and ratings

October 15, 2008

I constantly receive plenty of emails from wine sellers, I guess the moment someone notices that I import and sell wine, they see me as a potential buyer and therefore add my name to their mailing list and I receive emails from all over the world, not only UK based businesses.

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What Dispatches has not told you about the wine industry

September 17, 2008

Last night, like many other people, I watched Dispatches on Channel 4 and if before watching it I thought that they would have brought some truth and light about the wine industry, at the end of the program I realised that they only damaged a few producers and brands.

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Wines of the world: Day 3 Italian

September 13, 2008

Yesterday I went to see one of my clients and he showed me the list of the best Italian wines according to Tim Atkin. The Guardian and The Observer are publishing a wines of the world guide featuring a selection of wines for all major countries that Tim chose according this year performance at the International wine challenge.

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2008 vintage: forecasts

September 6, 2008

Here we are, once again, is harvesting time. To be completely honest, the harvest has started around the 15th of August for the white wines in the southern regions whilst the red wines and the northern regions are starting now and will finish toward the end of September

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