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.
Yesterday I was reading the newspaper and I read about a MP calling the chairman of Tesco as the godfather of binge drinking and then I received a mail from the WSTA (wine and spirit trade association) to which I belong asking for information for a survey on how an increase of alcohol duty will affect the trade and I decided to write about it. Binge drinking is a problem.
For the coming Christmas we are all making room in our cellar for the right wines for our days and nights in with friends and families. My Christmas wines will be Prosecco to start with, plenty of full bodies, rich, complex aged red for the classic Italian meals and the traditional Spumante to accompany the Panettone and to welcome the New Year. Christmas festive season in Italy is made by days spent eating and drinking. Long meals, plenty of food eaten and wine drunk outside when visiting friends and families, a marathon harder than the real one if you are not fit. Somehow, Italians got something in their DNA about this capacity of enjoying food and wine in bigger quantities.
Writing the content for the website is not easy, we don't want to tell you something you already know or you can easily find somewhere else, we would like to write the description in a way that you could smell the same flavours we do, that you could, opening our Panettone, feel like you were in a bakery, a small one, surrounded by the aromas and flour.
It has been a long journey but we finally made it. The new Italyabroad.com site is now live and we really hope you like it... we put a lot of effort to create this site and we listened to all your comments. Thanks for helping us and please do let us know if you are happy with the result.
When buying wines like Barolo or Brunello di Montalcino or Amarone, just to mention a few Italian wines ,but the rule applies to all wines made to be drunk several years after they have been produced, the vintage makes a great difference, it determines the future and quality of the wine. A bad vintage and the wine is better drunk now because it won’t get any better with ageing, a great vintage and the wine, properly kept, will be a joy to drink