• Wine Department: Wine Passport April 2020

    • Posted: 3/30/2020
    • Categories: Wine
    Springtime Wines 2020…”It’s never so bad that serving the right wine won’t help”

    Well, we had planned on talking about all the great ways to usher in warm Springtime weather with crisp whites, elegant reds, and how to pair those wines with spring cuisine in a party atmosphere with friends and family. The question is, how do we move forward with most social events on hiatus while we wait out the CoronaVirus? At Jungle Jim’s we have the answer: The freshest ingredients,

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  • Wine Department: Wine Passport March 2020

    • Posted: 2/27/2020
    • Categories: Wine
    A Taste of Spring…Carpe Vinum!

    Regions of the world have developed wine styles that fit with the particular cuisines of the people who live there. At Jungle Jim’s International Market, we offer the most elegant wines and foods all under one gigantic roof. That unique perspective gives our wine specialists the ability to try a rare cheese or authentic preparations of regional cuisines regularly.

    The phrase “Grows with, goes with” is at the heart of food and wine pairings.

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  • Wine Department: Wine Passport February 2020

    • Posted: 1/30/2020
    • Categories: Wine
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  • Wine Department: Wine Passport January 2020

    • Posted: 12/30/2019
    • Categories: Wine
    Our New Year’s Resolution….New and exciting wines!

    So let’s talk about exploration and discovery in the wine universe, where there is always a new varietal to experience, a new variation of a familiar grape, or a new expression of a familiar wine that changes your perception of what wine is! From the re-emergence of classic techniques like “Orange wine” to emerging wine producers on the world market like Greece, or little known varietals from Italy and Spain,

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  • Wine Department: Wine Passport December 2019

    • Posted: 11/26/2019
    • Categories: Wine
    Sweetness in Wine: How Wine Will Make Your Holiday Amazing

    Last month, we talked about tannins and how it affects the balance between sweetness and tartness and helps make wine refreshing and crisp. This month, let’s spend a few minutes on the role of sweetness in wine and how it makes wines fairly immortal.

    A good way to think about sweetness is on a scale of 0 to 10 with 0 = water and 10 = pure sugar.

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  • Wine Department: Wine Passport November 2019

    • Posted: 10/29/2019
    • Categories: Wine
    Tannins in Wine

    Last month, we talked about acidity and how it affects the balance between sweetness and tartness and helps make wine refreshing and crisp. This month, let’s spend a few minutes on the role of tannin in wine evaluation, especially in red wines since that is where tannin plays an important role. Tannin in wine comes from two places: the wine grape, including skin, seeds, and stems, and the barrel the wine is aged in.

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  • Wine Department: Wine Passport October 2019

    • Posted: 9/27/2019
    • Categories: Wine

    We get a lot of interesting questions during our wine tastings here at Jungle Jim’s and lately, because of the summer season, we have been tasting wines with high acidity levels, wines that are refreshing and invigorating, especially in the summer months. So, what is the function of acidity in wines, and how do you recognize and judge the levels of acidity?

    A good way to think about acid is on a 0-10 scale with 0 = water and 10 = lemon juice.

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  • Wine Department: Wine Passport September 2019

    • Posted: 8/27/2019
    • Categories: Wine

    The world of wine is ever-changing. So many new wines hit the market each and every week and for most of the mortal world, it can be quite the daunting task just to keep up! One of the great wineries to come out of Washington State is J. Bookwalter. Owner John Bookwalter recently dropped in for a visit and reminded us of all the great things coming out of the Evergreen State these days.

    For a bit of background,

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  • Wine Department: Wine Passport August 2019

    • Posted: 7/25/2019
    • Categories: Wine

    Fresh off the third installment of the Jungle Safari Wine Tour in Napa, we’re excited to show off some of our favorites from stops along the way! The group, led by Eastgate Jungle Jim’s Fine Wine Manager TJ and Sales Professional Michael, hosted a group of 20 customers on a whirlwind seven-day tour of San Francisco and Napa Valley.

    Touring 13 vineyards and wineries during our five days in the valley was daunting,

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  • Wine Department: Wine Passport July 2019

    • Posted: 6/20/2019
    • Categories: Wine

    The world of wine is ever-changing. So many new wines hit the market each and every week and for most of the mortal world, it can be quite a daunting task just to keep up! One such trend is rosé; you know, the pink wine. While most consumers are under the impression that pink equals sweet, the really great rosés are crisp, lively, and above all else, dry. The perfect rosé is refreshing, light, and easy-to-drink,

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