• 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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  • Wine Department: Expert Picks June 2019

    • Posted: 5/29/2019
    • Categories: Wine

    Ah, summer… the sizzle, the smells, the flames, and the anticipation. It’s grilling time! How better to further build the anticipation than with rich and complex red wines to accompany your grilled masterpieces. Plump, yet crisp and spicy, with notes of herbs, these big fruit wines can handle the hearty flavors of your grilling and stand up to a full plate, including all of the accompaniments!

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  • Wine Department: Expert Picks May 2019

    • Posted: 4/19/2019
    • Categories: Wine

     

    Drink Pink has been something of a mantra amongst wine nerds for a long, long time. And the dry blushes of Provence and other portions of the world have finally seen their day. We have a host of great ones from the south of France and more.

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  • Wine Department: Expert Picks April 2019

    • Posted: 3/21/2019
    • Categories: Wine

     

    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: Expert Picks March 2019

    • Posted: 2/27/2019
    • Categories: Wine

     

    While many start to shift their minds and palates towards whites and pinks in the springtime, the Experts clearly have another agenda. Check out these incredibly soft and fruity reds that are perfect for the transition to slightly warmer weather and lighter fare.

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  • Wine Department: Expert Picks February 2019

    • Posted: 1/28/2019
    • Categories: Wine

     

    Valentine’s Day elicits thoughts of love and romance, and for all the roses, chocolates, date nights and shiny baubles, nothing says love around here like sparkling wine. Pop the cork in celebration of love and all its funny sundries with some great bubbles from all over, like these!

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