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  • Beer Department: 90+ Rated April 2019

     

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  • Beer Department: Debunking the myth of “Helium beer” once and for all

    Since April 1 is April Fool’s Day, I feel that this a good time to address one of those pesky misunderstandings about beer that just won’t seem to go away: helium beer. The myth is that there are one or more beers out there that are imbued with helium rather than carbon dioxide or nitrogen. Beer drinkers are keen to try this bizarre-sounding beer, excited to try a beer that also makes your voice high pitched.

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  • Beer Department: Expert Picks April 2019

     

     

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  • Wine Department: Expert Picks April 2019

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    Pinot Gris vs. Pinot Grigio. For those that do not know, the grape is Pinot Gris, and for all intents and purposes, Pinot Grigio is the Italian name for the grape. And while Oregon Pinot Gris must be labeled Pinot Gris (because the vineyard cuttings are descended from Alsatian vineyards), California Pinot Gris can be labeled either. Yet, we here at Jungle Jim’s have a few go-to of both:

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  • Wine Department: Over 90 Under $30 April 2019

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    Argentina has become synonymous with Malbec, the old world grape variety from Bordeaux (sibling to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) that has become Argentina’s signature grape. Yet, there is more to Argentina than just Malbec and we have a few lined up from our team of cork dorks!

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  • Summer Garden Series Part I: Getting Started and Avoiding Common Mistakes

     

    Welcome to the first installment in our ongoing gardening series, where we’ll be providing tips and tricks to help you cultivate the garden of your dreams! This week, we’re focusing on getting started and avoiding common mistakes.

     

    However, it’s not a bad idea to start planning early! Our Garden Center is opening on March 25 of this year because late March or early April is when most people begin planning their spring and summer gardens.

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  • Garden Center Summer Series, Part II: Choosing the Best Plants for Your Yard

    Summertime is quickly approaching, and many of us are preparing to enjoy the warm weather by hosting barbecues, indulging in summer pool parties, and most likely ending up on the receiving end of a sunburn. When you picture yourself enjoying the summer, what do you see? Maybe you’re spread out in an Adirondack, cocktail in hand, four hot dogs into a slightly regrettable cookout binge? Maybe you’re up and about, socializing with colleagues and neighbors,

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  • Garden Center Summer Series, Part III: Stayin’ Alive

    So, it’s mid-June. Your garden is planted, the flowers are blossoming, and your vegetables are starting to grow. You’ve finally begun to notice the fruits of your labor (pun intended), and now you’re in maintenance mode. You need to water your plants, make sure they’re getting enough sun, keep those dreaded weeds at bay, and fend off the hungry neighborhood critters, such as squirrels, bunnies, and deer. That can be quite a lot of work,

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  • Smoke and Bacon Month at the Cheese Shop

    This month, we’re highlighting anything and everything in the Cheese Shop that has to do with smoke and bacon, two popular flavors that blend together beautifully!

    You can find cheese with different intensities of smoke flavors. Apple smoked and maple smoked cheeses have lighter smoky flavors and are good for people that prefer milder flavors. However, if you’re looking for a cheese with a stronger flavor, you may be interested in beech or oak smoked cheeses,

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  • So, You Think You Know Wasabi? Think Again!

    So, you think you know wasabi? Most wasabi paste you see on the shelves isn’t even wasabi at all. In fact, you’d be lucky to find more than 1% of real wasabi powder in the ingredients. Most of what we consume in the U.S. is a green horseradish paste meant to mimic the bite of real wasabi.

    True wasabi comes from a leafy, green plant that requires full shade and an abundance of water.

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