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Ice wine

 

Sweet wine style made in Germany and Austria (and Canada). Grapes are left on the vine until much later than usual (sometimes after Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere) in the hope that icy conditions will prevail. The water content in the grapes then freezes and they are quickly picked and pressed to yield a juice rich in sugar. The resulting wines are rich and luscious, though without the botrytis flavour of other sweet wines.

IGT, Indicazione geografica tipica

 

Italy wine designation, roughly equivalent to French Vin de Pays. Used for some up-market wines that fall outside the local DOC/G regulations.

Imperiale

 

Bottle of 6 litres, equal to 8 normal (75cl) bottles. Mainly Bordeaux.

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