• 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: 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: 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: German Wine 101 & The Mosel

    • Posted: 5/31/2018
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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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