• Wine Department: Illahe Vineyards Historical Winemaking By Hand and By Horse

    • Posted: 4/30/2018
    • Categories: Wine

    By: Todd A. Wiggs

    I love wine! After nearly 30 years in the wine business, I can still easily proclaim this as an immutable truth. Sure, some of the romance has been stripped away by the never ending litany of mass-produced, chemically manipulated, laboratory plonk that have no soul or sense of place. OK, maybe I have become a bit jaded. But, I see little reason to drink another big red blend or so-called premium North Coast Cabernet that has more residual sugar than my morning orange juice.

    Read article
  • Wine Department: Over 90 Under $30 May 2018

    • Posted:
    • Categories: Wine

    Picture a warm sunny weekend with time spent outside cooking on the grill. That is what late spring is all about! The best way to compliment these great dinners is a great, value-priced wine. California is full of fantastic value that critics love. The red blend style of wine harkens back to France with Bordeaux and the Rhone. Blending red varietals produce more approachable wines that are great with food or by themselves. Highlighted below are four fantastic wines under $30 that will make you backyard BBQ extra special this year.

    Read article
  • Wine Department: Cellar Selections May 2018

    • Posted:
    • Categories: Wine

    Everyone loves the wines produced in Napa Valley and Sonoma County, but there are a few that are hard to come by and are in extremely low production. These select few wines have inherited the name “Cult Wines.” Here at Jungle Jim’s we are proud to offer a great selection of these small-production gems. Because of who we are, procuring the Cult Wines is one of the best parts of our job. Unless you’re prepared to spend time on long waiting lists,

    Read article
  • Wine Department: Expert Picks May 2018

    • Posted:
    • Categories: Wine

    The Rhone is full of exemplary wines that range in price. From economical everyday table wine to some of the most expressive reds and whites in the world. The primary red grapes are Syrah and Grenache. Both are perfect pairings for your Spring Grill Outs! For this month’s Expert Picks, we highlight a great range of the Rhone that will show off the vast versatility of the Valley.

    Read article
  • Wine Department: Over 90 Under $30 April 2018

    • Posted: 3/28/2018
    • Categories: Wine

    Ahh, Chardonnay, the great white varietal! Our enchantment with this grape rests in its ability to retain its character, no matter where it is grown. That’s not to say there is only one Chardonnay style, quite the opposite is true. From linear and acidic to oaky and buttery, Chardonnay can vary greatly. Yet amazingly, with every style, from every region, the true purity of this adaptable grape can’t be hidden. Indeed, there is a Chardonnay being produced to amaze every palate.

    Read article
  • Wine Department: It’s Time to Think Pink for the Spring

    • Posted:
    • Categories: Wine
    By T.J. Askren

    Rosé is produced in just about every growing region of the world. Interestingly, Rosé is the closest style to what ancient winemakers produced! Blended and fermented in three distinct styles, Rosé is not only refreshing but also very versatile. Rosé can be used as an aperitif, quaffing, food pairing, or as a dessert. As one of my favorite styles, I plan on bringing  everyone up to speed on this often scoffed at wine.

    Read article
  • Wine Department: Cellar Selections April 2018

    • Posted:
    • Categories: Wine

    When discussing French wine, Bordeaux is most often the first region that comes to mind. Positioned between the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers, the name Bordeaux comes from the French term “au bord de l’eau” meaning, “along the waters”. Strict AOC Laws protect the regions of Bordeaux and mandate conformity to protect this most noble of production zones. Carefully blended to showcase the styles of each appellation, Bordeaux’s red wines are superbly assembled with the “power five” red varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon,

    Read article
  • Wine Department: Expert Picks April 2018

    • Posted:
    • Categories: Wine

    Italy is full of outstanding wines and just picking four was quite the task. Staying with our theme for Spring, we sought to pick the purest expression of wines that exemplify the season. From North to South and even the island of Sicily, these wines range from very dry and acidic to big and tannic. The whites will pair very well with lighter fare, and the reds will provide plenty of “oomph” for Sunday dinner,

    Read article
  • Wine Department: Over 90 Under $30 March 2018

    • Posted: 2/27/2018
    • Categories: Wine

    Pinot Noir is the perfect light drinking red, full of bright fruit and acidity. Although mighty, Burgundy is the king of Pinot Noir, and there are wonderful Pinots from right here in the States.  Below are examples of Pinot Noir that score 90 points or more from Oregon and California.

    Read article
  • Wine Department: It’s Beautiful in the Central Garden of France in Springtime!

    • Posted:
    • Categories: Wine

    By T.J. Askren

    Through my many travels through different wine country, nowhere has a sheer beauty and massiveness that strikes me more than Loire Valley. I was fortunate enough to visit the playground of Kings and Queens a few years back, and this is when my love for French white wine was cemented. Traveling from one end of the massive growing region to the other, I was struck by the vast difference in terroir that each application showcases.

    Read article