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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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Industrial vs Artisan Panettone

August 15, 2019    Tags: Christmas, Panettone, Artisan, Industrial View Comments (0)

Here we are again, Christmas is fast approaching and with Christmas, panettones, the Italian Christmas cake that should be added to the Unesco Intangible heritage due to its worldwide appeal, are quickly filling the shelves of shops and supermarket. This year, we decided to write a short guide to help you navigate, understand and choose

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Wine, spirits, duty and politicians

August 13, 2019    Tags: Wine, duty, Spirit, Beer View Comments (0)

Duty has always been an easy way for any Government to raise finances, often hidden and justified, as a deterrent to the binge drinking culture or to alleviate the financial impact on social services, police and the NHS. The duty doesn’t just affect wine, it touches all alcoholic drinks, based on their alcohol content, and until last year, they were all considered as one

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Yes, Italians do gin

August 6, 2019    Tags: Gin, Award Winning Gin, Italian Gin, Craft Gin View Comments (0)

Yesterday we received the news that our gin has been awarded a Gold Medal at the latest International Wine and Spirit Competition, we are not really surprised, we had selected the gin well before the award, in a blind tasting, if anything, it proves once more that we have big noses

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Does it cost little? It is certainly worth even less

July 17, 2019    Tags: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Authentic Italian, Balsamic Vinegar View Comments (0)

Our supermarkets’ shelves are full of extra virgin olive oils “made in Italy”, the Italian flag is always on the front of the bottle so that consumers can see it, but the origin, the provenance of the oil or olives is never there, it is always either on the back, if there is a back, or on the side, in small fonts

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Pasta and sauce, a match made in heaven

July 1, 2019    Tags: Pasta, Sauce View Comments (0)

Pasta is a staple of Italian cuisine and there is a huge variety of pasta shapes and sauces, with plenty of very little known local dishes, however, with the rules above, anyone will be able to cook a tasty pasta dish

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Britain’s Drink Problem

June 11, 2019    Tags: BBC Panorama, Drinking Culture View Comments (0)

Last night if you have, like I did, watched Panorama on BBC1, it was about “Britain’s Drink Problem”, how do we solve it? We have learned from history that prohibition doesn’t work, and minimum pricing in a way is part of that approach, so it cannot be the solution, it can help temporarily until a permanent solution is found, but to solve the problem we need much more. We don’t need laws or taxes, we need education and get rid of the 3L strong cider or any other similar drink. We need to educate people, change the drinking culture

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Popular Italian wines

June 5, 2019    Tags: Popular Italian Wines, Barolo, Brunello di Montalcino, Amarone View Comments (0)

What are the most popular Italian wines? There isn’t a single and straight forward answer, it all depends. Popular Italian wines, in which way, the most known and where, Italy or abroad or the most produced?The most popular Italian wines, in Italy and abroad, are possibly the Brunello di Montalcino, the Barolo e the Amarone, recently joined by the Prosecco

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Prosecco rose’ is coming

May 30, 2019    Tags: Prosecco, Sparkling Wine , Prosecco Rose' View Comments (0)

If you haven't heard or read it yet, Prosecco rose’ will be soon making its appearance on our supermarkets, and not, shelves and I am certain, many wine drinkers can’t wait to buy it. Prosecco Rose is not to be confused with any sparkling rose’ wine currently being sold, Prosecco Rose will have written “Prosecco Rose” on the label and I am expecting it to be a DOC wine

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A bland column about Italian wine

May 24, 2019    Tags: Supermarkets , Vintage, Wine Writers View Comments (0)

The problem with bland Italian, or any country for that matter, wines and their bad reputation is due to supermarkets. Supermarkets buying are based on prices, they may pick the best of the bunch, but still within their budget which is not at lot, and in difficult or bad vintages the “not a lot” is even less, so it doesn’t really matter the vintage, because wines will always be average at their best

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Vintage, what it is and does it really matter?

May 3, 2019    Tags: Wine, Vintage View Comments (0)

Does vintage matter? Yes and no. In a way, it always matter, even though it should not be taken into account when buying wines that are supposed to be drunk within a couple of years. However, even for those wines, in vintage year if there is any vintage declaration or in years with perfect weather conditions when there isn’t, when the grapes reach the winery in perfect conditions, even for those wines, the vintage affect the quality of the wine without affecting the price

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