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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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4 tips to better enjoy your wine

December 10, 2018    Tags: Christmas, Decanter, Glasses, Temperature View Comments (0)

Christmas is upon us and plenty of special bottles of wine will be open over the coming days to celebrate, here is our 4 tips on how to enjoy them at their best. Simple measures that can literally transform your wine drinking experience

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Biodynamic, organic and natural wines, what are the differences?

November 27, 2018    Tags: Organic wines, Natural Wines, Biodynamics Wines View Comments (0)

Natural wines are made without any human intervention, no yeast, no additions or corrections, the juice becomes wines following its own rhythm. Organic and biodynamic wines are wines certified by a third party, confirming that they have been made according their respective regulations

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Where does Italyabroad.com stand with regard to Palm Oil?

November 23, 2018    Tags: , Food, Palm Oil View Comments (0)

All our products, and I mean all, do not contain Palm Oil. Our food suppliers are artisans and choose the best oils for their recipes independently of its price. Palm oil is widely used in the food industry because of its low cost, it is the cheapest vegetable oil of all

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Sugar tax, pizza size, what next, how many time we are allowed to eat per day?

October 17, 2018    Tags: UK, Calories, Obesity, Taxes View Comments (0)

The solution to the problem is not reducing or prohibiting or adding taxes, if this is the idea, the government will undoubtedly fail, the solution is educating, parents before children, creating spaces where children can play safely and run and sweat, where not only they will be able to burn the calories but also learn other social skills like communicating, sharing space with other children

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UK, it is all about the price and nothing about quality

October 5, 2018    Tags: Wine, Supermarkets , UK, Food View Comments (0)

When buying for our pets we read the labels, the ingredients, we spend time and money, we want to know what we are giving them, when buying our own food the main driver seems to be the price, the offer, the deal, we never check the ingredients or ask ourselves whether these are the things we want to put inside our body. Always remember, you get what you pay for

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Prosecco Sales have gone down ...

September 21, 2018    Tags: Prosecco, Sparkling Wine , Prosecco Consortium, UK Market View Comments (0)

Prosecco has become the cheapest “appellation” sparkling wine in the UK shelves and as such it is competing with all other cheap sparkling wines. Prosecco has become a commodity, and when a product becomes one, it loses its brand loyalty, this is why Prosecco sales are going down whether the consortium wants to admit it or not.

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Natural wines, what are they?

September 16, 2018    Tags: Organic wines, Wineries, Wine Making Process , Natural Wines, Wine Trend View Comments (0)

I am, by definition, against any trend, especially when it is about wine, I do believe that a great wine is a great wine, independently on how it is made and all great producers are responsible grape growers, so whether the grapes are certified organic or not, or the wine is natural or not, it does not really matter.

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Diversity, Italian wine is all about diversity

September 8, 2018    Tags: Italy, Italian Wine, Wine Diversity View Comments (0)

There is no other country offering the diversity of Italian wines. We could look at some of the numbers of the Italian wine industry from grapes grown to wines made, still it will not offer a real snapshot of the Italian wine offering and yes, Italy has a long way to fully realise its potential and become a wine powerful nation, beyond the quantity, still too much poor quality wine is made and sold, damaging the whole Italian wine brand but if you know where to go, there is no other country like Italy

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