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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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#LidlSuprise, the power of stories

October 31, 2017    Tags: Wine, Lidl, Marketing, Adverts, Stories View Comments (0)

We all love stories whether we admit it or not, we all are a bit romantic, we all like the “lived happily ever after” ending and marketeers have long know it, but they have never used this approach when marketing wine, until now, until an outsider had to remind all of us the power of stories

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It is just another wine competition

October 26, 2017    Tags: Wine competition, Wine awards, Wine medals View Comments (0)

Consumers don’t care and don’t want to or have the time to find out what competition is, after all is just a bottle of wine, the medal is enough, it is the sticker that get purchases, and the brighter the color, the more attention the wine gets

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Has Prosecco become a joke?

June 12, 2017    Tags: Prosecco, Cava, Sparkling Wines, Spumante View Comments (0)

I recently read that a Cava producer has started selling its own “premium”, which I see as a tentative to stay away from the price war that is taking place in the category, Prosecco and I keep asking myself if I am the only one thinking that the Prosecco sage has become a joke

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Wine experts and wine apps

May 22, 2017    Tags: Vivino, Wines, Wine Experts View Comments (0)

I was a winery before approaching a direct line to potential buyers I will firstly look at whether these buyers can get hold of my wines and then who else is using the same system but until them, I will work in getting my wines in as many markets as possible with the right partners without worrying too much about Vivino

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Why is everyone against Prosecco?

May 16, 2017    Tags: Prosecco, Champagne, Spumante, Franciacorta, Sparkling Wine View Comments (0)

What is the problem for Prosecco and why is everyone wishing it to go? There is too much Prosecco that tastes like a cheap sparkling wine, this is real problem.

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Vinitaly, the show

April 18, 2017    Tags: Vinitaly, Italian Wine View Comments (1)

I love Vinitaly and cant wait to attend next year event, but unless it goes back to its origin and the real reasons why it has been created, why exhibitors and visitors are attending it, I can’t see vinitaly lasting another 50 years

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Andrea's Wine Conversations: Negroamaro

April 10, 2017    Tags: Red Wine, Apulia, Negroamaro, Italian Wine, Wine Conversations View Comments (0)

Negroamaro is a red wine grape grown in the south of Italy, mainly in Apulia and the Salento, the heel of Italy. The grape can produce different wines, and is also blended with other grapes to produce wine such as the Salice Salentino or the Squinzano Rosso.

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Andrea's wine conversations: Falanghina

April 3, 2017    Tags: Campania, Falanghina, White Wines, Wine Conversations View Comments (0)

Falanghina is a white wine grape grown and wine made in the south of Italy, mainly in Campania, that in the last few years has become widely known and drunk

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Is Progrigio the future of wine in the UK?

April 3, 2017    Tags: Prosecco, Asda, Pinot Grigio, Progrigio, Sparkling Wine , Supermarkets View Comments (0)

Progrigio, what a name for a wine, it reminds me of a tennis equipment brand. What next, Prozinf, for a Sparkling Zinfaldel, or MalPro, for a Sparkling Malbech? Or they both sound too much like medicines?

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Andrea's wine conversations: Gutturnio

March 27, 2017    Tags: Barbera, Colli Piacentini, Gutturnio, Bonarda, Emilia Romagna Wines, Wine Conversations View Comments (0)

Gutturnio is a red wine from Emilia Romagna, Piacenza precisely, and is a blend of Barbera and Bonarda, it is still or frizzante, slightly sparkling, a very interesting wine that if you havent yet, it is worth discovering

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