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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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Why Italian wineries are not learning the lessons?

December 5, 2016    Tags: Prosecco, Champagne, Sparkling Wines, Consortium View Comments (0)

The problem with Prosecco is not that they are flooding the market, is that they are flooding the market with very poor quality sparkling wine and if they continue, this strategy will eventually backfire

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Andrea's wine conversations: Gavi

December 5, 2016    Tags: Gavi, Gavi di Gavi, Piedmont Whites, Wine Conversations View Comments (0)

Gavi or Gavi di Gavi: that is the question. Yes too many think Gavi is one wine and Gavi di Gavi is another, better wine, discover what the difference are

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Andrea's wine conversations: Chianti

November 28, 2016    Tags: Chianti , Chianti Classico, Tuscan Wines, Wine Conversations View Comments (0)

Why every time I pick a Chianti is like drinking a complete different wine? Why there are so many different Chianti? How to pick the right one? Is Chianti Classico better than the normal Chianti?

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Andrea's wine conversations: Franciacorta

November 28, 2016    Tags: Prosecco, Champagne, Sparkling Wines, Franciacorta, Wine Conversations, Classic Method Wines View Comments (0)

Always wondered what Franciacorta is or a classic method sparkling wine? Do you want to know the difference between Prosecco and Champagne or Franciacorta?

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Waitrose comments, supermarket wines and the right price for a bottle of wine

November 8, 2016    Tags: Wine, Asda, Waitrose, Tesco View Comments (0)

I recently read an interview to Pierpaolo Petrassi MW, Waitrose’s head of buying in BWS (beers, wines and spirits) where he warns "that the trend for lower prices across retail was squeezing margins and ultimately threatening sustainability of wine producer". Waitrose is probably coming out now because they don’t have the same power as the other big supermarkets and are being pushed into a corner, being forced to sell the same wines Tesco and Asda sells matching their prices, squashing their margins even more

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Give consumers what they want, even if it is cheap and bad wine

October 11, 2016    Tags: Lidl, Chianti , Asda, Aldi, B&M, Blind Tasting View Comments (0)

Unless we start educating the ordinary Joes, there is no point in blaming supermarkets for supplying cheap and poor wine, once the education process has started, the same supermarkets will be forced to improve the quality of their wines, but until then, supermarkets are simply giving what their customers want and we like it or not, is a cheap and poor wine

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Wine appellations, are really non sense?

September 19, 2016    Tags: Italian Wine Appellations, Lidl, Wine Brand, Wine Marketing, Chianti , Italian Wines View Comments (1)

Are wine appellations really nonsense? Are appellations the reason why Lidl sells Chianti at £3.99? Will it make any difference if instead of the “appellation” the label will have the grape? Does the problem lie somewhere else? Is the amount, as quantity, of wine produced to be blamed?

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Brexit and our wines

July 31, 2016    Tags: Brexit, Wine, Italy View Comments (0)

What next for me, for us, non British, is a big question mark, will I be sent back to Italy or allowed to remain in the UK? The same uncertainty is affecting the wine industry.

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A room full of 90+ points wines

June 25, 2016    Tags: Wine Spectator, Parker, Wine Advocate View Comments (0)

As soon as I entered the room, the first thing that struck me was that almost every winery had at least one bottle of wine on their table with a sticker on it saying that 90 points Parker or Wine Spectator or Wine Advocate with a very few exceptions

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How to make rubbish wine taste good, is this something new?

May 10, 2016    Tags: Rubbish Wine, Food Unwrapped, Channel 4 View Comments (0)

Food Unwrapped on Channel 4 was ?unveiling? the secrets behind ?making rubbish wine taste good? as Kate Quilton said, like she did not know that rubbish wine can actually be made taste good by simply adding chemical ?ingredients?

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