• Wine Department: Expert Picks July 2018

    • Posted: 6/27/2018
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    July is home to America’s birthday on July 4th. What better way to celebrate than opening a bottle of America’s wine, Zinfandel? We’re not talking about the sugary sweet White Zinfandel; Red Zinfandel was grown in California since the beginning of viticulture in the state. Many of the oldest vines in California are Zinfandel. With its big and bold flavor it is the perfect accompaniment for BBQ. The juicy fruit forward style also allows for this varietal to be a quaffer.

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  • Wine Department: Over 90 Under $30 July 2018

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    As the first appellation in California, Sonoma County offers every style of wine one could yearn for, from rich and bold Chardonnay to sleek and polished Pinot Noir. The value from Sonoma is unmatched. Protected by the Sonoma Mountain, the lush valley is shielded from the wet, maritime influences of the Pacific. Sonoma has many different terroirs, allowing for the production of a multitude of wines. We have selected four wines from our extensive Over 90 Under $30 section to highlight the value and the range of the great Sonoma Valley.

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  • Wine Department: Spain in 10 Days

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    By T.J. Askren

     

    Fresh off the lastest Jungle Safari to Spain, I am back in the country and excited to share my experience with you! This summer’s Jungle Safari was a 10-day excursion across northern Spain, which reaffirmed my love for Spanish wine and reinforced my favorites, new and old. We started in Porto Portugal, drove north to Vigo, Spain, then continued our journey with stops in Zamora, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Zaragoza,

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  • Wine Department: Cellar Selections July 2018

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    The mighty Shiraz from Australia can not be duplicated anywhere else! Even though the grape is Syrah, the distinct terroir of Australia gives this grape its style and one-of-a-kind flavor. Whether from the Barossa, Coonawarra, Clare Valley, or McLaren Valley, these wines are spectacular. Australia as a whole has finally abandoned the concept of the sweet, overripe mass produced bulk wines that dominated the 1990s. Now, Australia is focused on quality delicious wines and I encourage everyone to give the wines from down under another shot!

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  • Wine Department: Over 90 Under $30 June 2018

    • Posted: 5/31/2018
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    Finally Summer has arrived and it is officially White Wine Season! When most think of white wine the first varital to pop into one’s head is Chardonnay. While Chardonnay is quite delicious, it is not always the best on hot summer days. Don’t worry! Here at Jungle Jim’s we have the perfect white wines to enjoy outdoors and poolside!

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  • Wine Department: German Wine 101 & The Mosel

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    By T.J. Askren

     

    Understanding the tradition of German wine can be a daunting task! The complicated classification system and the hard-to-pronounce names can turn off newcomers. However, German wines are diverse, flavorful, and well worth getting to know. Keep reading for an introduction to German wines that will help you read bottle labels and navigate the huge wine section here at Jungle Jim’s!

     

    German wine regions are broken down into appellations,

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  • Wine Department: Cellar Selections June 2018

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    Italian wine is one of our absolute favorites here at Jungle Jim’s, especially from our extensive Reserve Cellar! From the Veneto, Tuscany, Piedmont, and more, the Italians are master craftsmen when it comes to excellent wine. We’ve chosen three wines from Tuscany and one from Piedmont this month. Tuscans are known for their high concentration of Sangiovese (i.e. Chianti). Blended with Cabernet and Merlot, these “Super Tuscans” are on another level! The renowned Brunello di Montalcino is also rooted in Sangiovese,

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  • Wine Department: Expert Picks June 2018

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    What goes great with the summer? Burgundy! The finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the world come from this beautiful area covering 29,500 hectares in Eastern France. Viticulture in the area dates back to the second century when the Romans conquered the Gauls. Though thought of as very expensive wines, there are more affordable Burgundy wines that are delicious in their own right. We have picked four wines of varying style that represent the terroir of Burgundy.

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

    • Posted: 4/30/2018
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    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.

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  • Wine Department: Over 90 Under $30 May 2018

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    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.

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