• Wine Department: Over 90 Under $30 September 2018

    • Posted: 9/7/2018
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    Great wine is being produced in the Northwest! Though California often receives more than its fair share of attention, Washington is quickly producing outstanding Bordeaux and Rhone varietals. Washington vines receive more sun exposure than California vines, which results much bigger and more expressive wines. To introduce you to these fantastic varieties, we’ve chosen four of our favorite Washington wines to celebrate in this month’s Over 90, Under $30!

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  • Wine Department: Expert Picks September 2018

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    Home to some of the most beautiful vineyards in the world, Tuscany is a staple for Italian wine, and Sangiovese is the king in Tuscany! Depending on where it is grown, Sangiovese can be Chianti, Chianti Classico, or Brunello di Montalcino. With the introduction of Bordeaux varietals in the middle of the nineteenth century, wines from Tuscany have truly taken off. For this month’s Expert Picks, we’ve selected our favorite Tuscany wines for you to try this summer.

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  • Wine Department: Cellar Selections August 2018

    • Posted: 8/1/2018
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    Who doesn’t like dessert? Here at Jungle Jim’s we pride ourselves on our great variety of wines, and sweet wines are no exception. These bottles are very hard to find and quite delicious. Go ahead and indulge your sweet tooth with these highly exclusive sweets!

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  • Wine Department: Over 90 Under $30 August 2018

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    Although Napa and Sonoma are the first appellations that come to mind when you think of California wines, there are many others to explore! This month we are tackling “Other California” in Over 90 Under $30. From Zinfandel in Lodi, Pinot Noir from Anderson, and even Rhone varietals in Paso Robles, choices are almost endless. Please consider branching out and trying these gems!

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  • Wine Department: Zinfandel, America’s Grape

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    By T.J. Askren

     

    When grape growing and winemaking started in California, Zinfandel was there. Used in every facet of wine making, Zinfandel was, and still is, a major player. In big and bold single varietal wines, in field blends, in sweet white zinfandels, and even in fortified port productions, America’s grape is present.

    This noble grape can be traced back to the ancient Croatian grape Crljenak Kaštelanski, which was transported to the United States somewhere between 1820-1829 when clippings were shipped to Long Island from the Imperial Nursery of Vienna.

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  • Wine Department: Expert Picks August 2018

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    Home to some of the most beautiful vineyards in the world, Tuscany is a staple for Italian wine, and Sangiovese is the king in Tuscany! Depending on where it is grown, Sangiovese can be Chianti, Chianti Classico, or Brunello di Montalcino. With the introduction of Bordeaux varietals in the middle of the nineteenth century, wines from Tuscany have truly taken off. For this month’s Expert Picks, we’ve selected our favorite Tuscany wines for you to try this summer.

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  • 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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