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Wine Terms Starting With The Letter 'I'

IGT
Abbreviation for "Indicazione Geografica Tipica", the lowest-ranking of the three categories ofItalian wine regulated by Italian law.
Ice wine
Wine made from frozen grapes. Written, and trademarked as a single word - Icewine - in Canada. Called Eiswein in German.
Imbottigliato all'origine
Italian term for a wine that has been estate-bottled
Imperial
A large-format bottle holding 6 liters; the equivalent of eight standard 750ml bottles. The Bordelaise equivalent of Burgundy’s Methuselah.
Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT)
Italian quality classification meaning "wine typical of a region." Indicazione Geografica Tipica is one level above the base category, Vino da Tavola. It can also be used by super Tuscans.
Intensity
Intensity relates to appearance and aroma. When evaluating appearance, intensity describes the concentration of color. The more concentrated and opaque a wine's color, the higher its intensity. Common descriptors for color intensity are pale, medium or dark. When evaluating aroma and flavor, the more pronounced or evident the characteristic, the more intense the wine.
International variety
Grape varieties grown in nearly every major wine region, for example Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay and Merlot
Invecchiato
Italian term for a wine that has been aged either in oak or in the bottle
Irrigation
Watering the vines. Banned in some regions, yet indispensable to establishing and maintaining vineyards in arid regions, especially where soils retain little moisture. Two methods include drip irrigation and the less precise flood irrigation.
Isinglass
A protein derived from the bladders of sturgeon and other fish and used in the fining process. The protein binds with excess tannins, pulling them from overly harsh wines.

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