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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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Restaurants and house wine

February 28, 2009 View Comments (0)

I probably spend too much time eating out and one of my criterions to evaluate the restaurant I am going to is to look at the wine list and exactly at the house wine. The house wine tells me a lot about the restaurant

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How the wine is made and what in the bottle

February 15, 2009 View Comments (0)

Only in the last few weeks, I have read of several cases of wine frauds, but I guess I read about them because I read industry reports and magazines and these cases never make the big TV

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Wine and chocolate

February 5, 2009 View Comments (0)

It is once again the time of the year where we'll be eating plenty of chocolate, Valentines's day is the day in which lovers will give each other plenty of chocolate in thousand shapes and flavours so I decided to play with chocolate and Italian wine and find matches.. what a long and pleasant day has been.

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Finally someone else...

February 4, 2009 View Comments (0)

One of the legacies of this folly is that the high street has shown us all that cheapness bears little relationship to value.

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Selling wine by the price

February 1, 2009 View Comments (0)

I am always sceptical about companies trying to sell goods emphasising on the price, I belong to the school that price don't go well with quality. I have recently received a flyer that offers 6 wines for £9.99. I am pretty sure I had never seen anything like this before, I am used to receive offers but never had any that looked that good, even Tesco seems to be so expensive compared... That amount only covers for the duty, not even the VAT

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French winemakers caught adding too much sugar in the wine

January 31, 2009 View Comments (0)

A group of 40 French winemakers were caught adding too much sugar to their wine during the fermentation. This process, called chaptalisation is not always permitted, each country has a different legislation. In Italy it is forbidden, in France it is forbidden as well however, depending on the quality of the vintage, can be authorised yearly by the Government.

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2009, let's eat and drink well

January 20, 2009 View Comments (0)

2009 wants to be the year of the great british food with big chefs telling us that the food we buy from supermarkets is not tasty as the one we could buy from a farm.

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Red, rose' and white wine

January 17, 2009 View Comments (0)

Recently I keep reading about the growth of the rose' wine and the fall of the red wine and none of the articles read tries to explain the reason. My explanation for this growth is the age of the UK market.

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2009 and wine

January 7, 2009 View Comments (0)

First of all, happy New Year to all of you and lets hope the 2009 will be a fantastic year for all of us. Mine has not started that well, I got ill on the 1st of January and I am now starting to recover. What the 2009 will bring to us, wine lover? I don't know yet, my rational side tells me a lot less good wine, the emotional side, wants to believe that there will still be plenty of good wine to enjoy.

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Christmas Italian wines and food

December 10, 2008 View Comments (0)

Christmas is around the corner and for us Italians, it is a very important day and time of the year. Not only because of its religious meaning, but also because of what will happen on the day or better, the days. Our Christmas celebrations start on the 24th and finish on the 26th of December and during these3 days, with plenty of food and wine and we will rarely leave the table, it will be a three days eating marathon.

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