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The Italian Abroad Wine Blog

The Italian abroad wine blog is my wine blog and diary. I founded 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 showing the origins and the grapes making your favourite Italian wines. I also wrote a post on the Italian wine appellation system explaining and demystifying the Italian wine classification system and what it really means for Italian wine lovers and wine drinkers in general.

Lastly, we 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 this wine blog and please get in touch if you have any question.


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Minimum price per alcohol unit

August 24, 2009

During the week end I heard on the radio about the proposal launched by doctors to set a minimum price per alcohol unit to stop people from getting ill because of alcohol consumption.

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Choosing a wine

August 15, 2009

Wine is no different from food, would you prefer a fantastic presentation dish with no flavour or a not so great looking but with plenty of flavours? So, what to look for when buying your wine? Origin, producer and grape.

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July 30, 2009

Have you ever dreamt of becoming a wine buyer, travelling the world searching for the finest wines, leaving the city life behind? We wants to give you the opportunity of experiencing, first hand, the hard life of a wine buyer, except the travelling, we have already done it for you.

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Finally here... new wines and vintages at

July 30, 2009

After a long wait, the 2008 vintage of the Sauvignon Scubla has finally arrived for the joy of us all, however, we only received 400 bottles, of which a couple of dozens will end in my own cellar, and this will be all for the year.

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Organic vs non organic wines

July 05, 2009

"Organic on the label does not say anything about the quality of the wine or the food, it only means how the grapes or ingredients are farmed, and it is all down to the wine maker or farmer to make a good wine or food out of them.

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Wine writers and ethic

June 28, 2009

In the recent weeks something, many called it scandal, happened at Wine Advocate: two wine critics went to a wine trip fully paid by wine makers. This episode started a debate about wine critics and ethic that has bounced all over the internet with everyone adding its bit.

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Latest addition to our portfolio

June 20, 2009

I am very pleased to announce that we have just added another fantastic small producer from Piedmont to our portfolio.From the heart of the Gavi area, Tenuta San Pietro, produces fantastic Gavi wines using only hand picked Cortese grapes.

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Is the beginning of the end for Parker and his ratings?

June 02, 2009

Parker conceded the top spot on the Decanter Power list a list with the most powerful people in the wine industry. Is Parker really losing his power?

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Wine and its environmental impact.

May 26, 2009

In the last few weeks the number of articles about wine and actions to reduce its environmental impact has grown exponentially, however, this is far from reality

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UK first totally sulphite free wine

May 10, 2009 brings to the UK the first wine completely sulphite-free, accordingly to the chemical analysis performed by an Italian laboratory, the wine does not contain any traces of SO2.

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