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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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Prosecco.. made in Germany

May 09, 2009

Prosecco made in Germany? Yes, it is possible according to a German court, however, it will be bearing the IGT on the label whilst the Italian prosecco will now be DOC or DOCG

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Parker and his ratings

May 06, 2009

I have just got an email from a producer I met a couple of weeks ago at the Vinitaly all excited about Parkers reviews of its wines. When I tasted its wines, I wasn't really impressed by them,they were different from the ones I was expecting, I found them pretty Parker style I guess, I cannot think of a better word.

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Vinitaly 2009 - 2nd part

April 24, 2009    Tags: View Comments (0)

My vinitaly started on Friday when I have visited my producers, tasted new wines and new vintages. I don't want to bore you with the details, but I want you to tell you a couple of highlights from my producers.

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Wine or label?

April 18, 2009

Buying a wine because of its label? It seems that some restaurants are doing the same

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Vinitaly 2009 and Italian wine

April 15, 2009

Another year, another Vinitaly. Last year the event coincided with the Brunello scandal and all attention was for the wine makers involved, luckily, this year, we were back to business even though in a more sober way. The 2009 has not started very well for the wine industry and exhibitors at the Vinitaly were expecting less visitors and I have to say that, to me, there were; however, numbers released by the organizers were showing more visitors than ever.

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April 13, 2009

I recently visited Aldi to find out about their Italian range and whilst I have noticed that they only have a few Italian wines and precisely, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Grigio blush, Soave and Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, reading the back labels, I have seen that their wines are made, once again, by GI that we have already come across in the other supermarkets

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EU allows rose being made mixing red and white

April 02, 2009

In the last few years, wine has become a demon for the governments around the world, the cause of all problems; because of few that abuse of it, the rest are paying the cost. Let's start doing something about it.

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Italian wines in UK supermarkets

March 23, 2009

Supermarkets' own labels and cheap Italian wines are all made by the same suppliers, sometime using different brand, but I am confident that there is no difference in how the wines taste

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March 16, 2009

I am very pleased to introduce you Baz and Les, a fantastic couple, crazy about cooking and passionate about Italy and Italian food. They fell in love with Italy and their food and decided they were going to devote all their knowledge and passion with their friends and anyone passionate about cooking sharing their recipes.

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Wine competitions, what they really mean

March 14, 2009    Tags: View Comments (0)

In the UK market, a relatively young market, they are important; they help in selling wine, especially supermarkets' wines where there is no advice and wines are sold by the attractiveness of the label, their price or the review or award received.

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