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.
Another scandal in the wine industry, another fraud discovered. Recently the French authorities have discovered that French wine sold to Ernest & Julio Gallo for its Red Bicyclette brand as Pinot Noir was in reality, cut with much less costly Syrah and Merlot. This is not the first case and I am confident will not be the last, however, only rarely they are discovered and this is a big issue.
This is an exciting time for us, we have recently added plenty of new wines, including the Franciacorta, the Italian alternative to the Champagne, made using the classic method with the second fermentation in the bottle. I think, and I am not the only one, that Franciacorta offers better value for money than a Champagne not only because of the additional control and extra requirements prescribed by the DOCG appellation.
If you follow me, you know that I have already written about wine critics, however, a couple of days ago, in the Guardian, I read the article Is wine criticism just bunk? and I thought to add something on the subject... The article is based on the comments made by wine expert Tim Hanni that consumers should ignore wines critics and just drink what they like.
Both wines, Barbaresco and Ripasso should be a lot more costly than their young brothers, simply because they should be made using better grapes, following a more complex wine making process and for the Barbaresco, aged in barrels as well.
A couple of days ago, I was doing some shopping at M&S and noticed, in a prominent position, a bottle of wine labelled as Chardonnay Rose'. Because Chardonnay is a white grape and a rose' wine cannot be made with just Chardonnay, curious, I read the back label and found out that it is a Chardonnay with added Merlot.
I had never seen this wine before so I am not too sure where they had it for that price, but even if Tesco has had the wine at £7.99 for 28 days as prescribed by law to then reduce the price, it was ripping its customers before and now because the wine is not even worth £3.99.
We only had a sip and decided to throw the rest of the champagne in the sink. After this very disappointing experience, we opened a bottle of Franciacorta and what an experience. For the same price, what a better wine. Using Bob Tyrer words, a good Franciacorta can outshine Champagne at twice the price.
Last Sunday I was invited to a Birthday in a restaurant and at the end of the long lunch, we had a glass of house wine, it was one of the worse wine I had ever drunk. We left it in the glass, paid and gone.
I am writing this post for the opportunity to showcase my blog at the Wine Gang Christmas Fair. You don't need to vote or anything similar, all I have to do is to link this post to the Wine gang blog and to the post of Robert McIntosh who also write about wine and wait..
After several test vintages, the 2007 Syrah Dal Cero Clanis has just been released and on its first vintage has already scored a silver medal at the Syrah du Monde 2009, the biggest international competition reserved for wine made with Syrah.
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