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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 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.

Andrea

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Is it true, British want cheap plonk?

March 09, 2009

Do really British want cheap plonk that will get them drunk? Is wine all about getting drunk and not an enjoyment, a pleasure?

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Spicy food and Italian wine

March 08, 2009

Which Italian wine to choose when pairing spicy food.

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Italian wines today

March 07, 2009

I have noticed that Italian wines are becoming more and more rare, from supermarkets to newspaper wine pages. One of the reasons behind this is the difficulty in finding good producers as I have already mentioned in other posting.

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Restaurants and house wine

February 28, 2009

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

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 05, 2009

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 04, 2009

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 01, 2009

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

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

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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