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The Italian Abroad Wine Blog

The Italian abroad wine blog is my 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 food, but also wine and food 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 any good wine and enjoy plenty of it, as well as 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 Italian wine regions maps featuring DOC and DOCG wines, where you can discover the origin and the grapes making your favourite Italian wine. I also wrote a post on the Italian wine appellation system explaining and demystifying the Italian wine classification and what it really means for Italian wine lover and wine drinkers in general.

Or you can check our Youtube channel where you can watch me tasting some of our wines and answer your questions about Italian wines and grapes, from the real meaning of DOC to what is an orange wine.

Hope you enjoy reading my posts and watching my videos

Andrea

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Has the prosecco bubble started to crack?

September 17, 2019    Tags: View Comments (0)

Historic Prosecco producers, the ones in the DOCG area, want to get rid of the “Prosecco” name on their labels and only use “Valdobbiadene” to try and differentiate their Prosecco from the cheaper versions even though I have seen plenty of cheap Valdobbiadene Prosecco.

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Industrial vs Artisan Panettone

August 15, 2019    Tags: View Comments (0)

Panettone, the Italian Christmas cake that should be added to the Unesco Intangible heritage due to its worldwide appeal, it is now eaten all over the world, not just on Christmas day anymore and it has moved beyond what we now call “Tradizionale”, its original and nowadays, almost boring recipe, also known as Panettone Milanese, from Milan, where it was originally created the first time

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Wine, spirits, duty and politicians

August 13, 2019    Tags: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: View Comments (0)

Most popular Italian wines, what they are? This is the question I often hear and unfortunately there isn’t a single and straight forward answer, it all depends, but before even attempting to answer the question, we need to clarify what we intend for popular, the most famous Italian wines, the most sold Italian wines, and where?

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Prosecco rose’ is coming

May 30, 2019    Tags: 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: 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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