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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 about mainly 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, I am also 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 Italian wine maps featuring DOC and DOCG Italian wines, where you can discover the origin and the grapes making it of your favourite Italian wine. I also wrote this post about the Italian wine appellation system explaining the Italian wine classification and what it really means for wine drinkers.

At Italyabroad.com we also have a 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 it,

Andrea

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Make 2020 the year of visiting a winery

February 20, 2020    Tags: View Comments (0)

Make 2020 the year of visiting a small winery, far or close, here or abroad, it doesn’t matter, you can join one of our wine tours or go on your own, knock at the door of the first winery you encounter on your way and talk to the people working there, ask questions, visit the vineyards, just do it and wine will never be the same again

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Orange Wines

February 11, 2020    Tags: View Comments (0)

I have tasted plenty of orange wines and it is hard to find good ones, it is now a worldwide trend and everyone is trying to jump on the wagon, exactly like sparkling wines, properly made orange wines are difficult to find because are more difficult to make, finding the balance between tannins and freshness is an art, but just like any other great wine, when properly made, are amazing wines

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What really makes a great wine buyer

February 8, 2020    Tags: View Comments (0)

Being a wine buyer today is not anymore about travelling the world discovering great wines, it is about sitting on a desk and taste dozens of wines, but it is certainly not about margins and profits, I never wanted to be an accountant, I may be romantic, but this is what I do.

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No or low alcohol drinks

January 24, 2020    Tags: View Comments (0)

No or low alcohol drinks is a trend and as such, as a business we cant ignore it and we are not, however, no alcohol wine or spirits is something Italians don’t do, except Peroni which we all know it is not Italian, and the ones I tried, not Italian, were not good

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Dry January? I think I go dry every month

January 21, 2020    Tags: View Comments (0)

At Italyabroad.com we've always campaigned and supported a healthy attitude towards alcohol, we never advertised or promoted cheap wine or alcohol in general, we always said less is better, same for food, we have a clear manifesto, even when goes against our financial interests

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Grappa, the real story and its renaissance

January 5, 2020    Tags: View Comments (0)

Grappa is the most Italian of all spirits, made from a waste product, the pomace, the left over from the wine making process, and originally the poor people ‘s drink. Rich people would make and drink the wine and give the left over to the poor people for them to make their own drink, grappa, drink that until recently, did not have a great reputation amongst spirits lovers

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Storing and serving wine

December 28, 2019    Tags: View Comments (0)

Christmas is the time of the year where we tend to spend more on a bottle of wine, we are all looking for that special bottle, and once we find the special bottle or bottles, it comes the question on how to store and serve them on the big day, storing and serving a wine correctly becomes very important, if done incorrectly can spoil the whole experience

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Lugana, much more than a wine

December 15, 2019    Tags: View Comments (0)

If 20 years ago the wines were mainly divided into well and poorly made and the one well made were all following the same approach creating very similar wines, nowadays, even wines like Lugana have plenty of shades in between.

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Appassimento, what’s wrong with the wine industry

November 29, 2019    Tags: View Comments (0)

"Appassimento” is a style of wine obtained by drying the grapes for any period after the harvesting to increase their sugar content, sugar content that once fermented becomes alcohol and “appassimento” style wines tend to have higher alcohol content, with the unfermented sugar called “residual sugar”

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Hundred shades of Barbera d’Asti

November 10, 2019    Tags: View Comments (0)

My journey into the Barbera d’Asti and Nizza DOCG and the whole Asti region was only a short trip, a limited insight into a big wine making region, a journey I was happy to be part of. Producers in the region are facing the same climate issues as the rest of the world, with extreme weather becoming a real threat and sugar content, and alcohol, going up and up. Due to the Barbera high acidity, alcohol is not yet a problem but unless something is done urgently, Barbera d’Asti as we know it, could soon be gone

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