Northern Italy, in the western part, is the remarkable region known as Piedmont. Whether you try the white wines of Gavi or Arneis, the great table reds made from Dolcetto, Barbera, or Nebbiolo, or the outstanding wines of Barolo and Barbaresco, Piedmont has a little something for everyone. Check out these incredible offerings!
Spain certainly doesn’t lack for great values, and we’ve got some incredible offerings here with 4 tasty reds to get you in the mood for Autumn weather.
By Kevin Keith
So to begin, when we talk about Grenache (or Garnacha as it is called in Spain), most often we are referring to Grenache Noir, the red Grenache. It has many names: Alicante, Bois Jaune, Cannonau, Garnatxa Pais, Llandoner, Rivesaltes, Uva di Spagna, Vernatxa, you get the idea… Yet there also mutations of Grenache, resulting in Grenache Blanc, Grenache Rose, Grenache Gris and Garnacha Peluda (or Hairy Grenache). And there are crosses of the grape like Alicante Bouschet (Grenache X Petite Bouschet) and Marselan (Grenache X Cabernet Sauvignon).
Yet for the sake of time, let’s focus on Grenache Noir, shall we?
Grenache Noir is actually one of the most (if not the most) cultivated red grape on the planet, with much of production occurring in France and Spain, though you do find it grown in Italy, Australia, the U.S., and in small lots in other parts of the world. It is red-fruited in its profile, with zesty white spices and usually a higher alcoholic content.
In Spain, you could argue Garnacha is that country’s most important grape variety (even more so than Tempranillo). You find varietal releases in Navarra, Campo de Borja and Aragon, and blends from Priorat and Rioja. In France, the varietal is primarily found in the Southern Rhone where it makes up the majority of blends coming from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras and more. In Australia it comprises part of the GSM blends, and in places like Italy you can find it predominantly in Sardinia (as Cannonau). The U.S. sees Grenache planted primarily in California and Washington State, with Texas having some success with it as well.
We’ve put together a small list of incredible Grenache wines for you to acclimate yourself with this delicious, often-overlooked grape:
With so many wines to choose from in our store, it’s easy to forget there are some amazing wines from the Southern Hemisphere - including Australia and Chile. Check out these remarkable wines:
After a very successful journey to the Willamette Valley, I would like to reflect on some of the better stops along the way. We toured 14 wineries in 5 days in a whirlwind tour of the valley. The trip was divided up by four of the sub AVA’s of the Willamette Valley. Each of the regions grow primarily the same varietals, but terroir gives each its own flair. The Willamette Valley boasts the best Burgundian-style wine outside of France. In fact, Burgundy and the Willamette Valley fall on the 45th parallel. Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris are the Kings of the Valley, but Chardonnay is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with.
took us out in the vineyards for more education. To top it all off, we had an amazing dinner prepared by Mark and paired with vintage offerings of his spectacular wines! It was the perfect ending to an already outstanding day.
Saving the last best for last - although Eola-Amity as a whole was my favorite day - my favorite vineyard was the last one we visited on the trip. Yamhill Carlton was the last AVA we visited and Abbot’s Claim Vineyard was the last vineyard on the tour, where we were graced by the presence of one of the founding father’s of Oregon wine, Ken Wright! Ken gave us a college level lecture about all things Oregon wine while tasting through his award winning single vineyard pinot noirs. As an avowed Wine Geek, this was almost too much. I have always loved Ken Wright’s pinots above almost any other wines, and here he was teaching us at Abbot’s Claim! This is an experience that the group and myself will never forget!
Often overlooked, the wines from Austria and Germany deliver some amazing whites and rosés (and even some great reds, too!) for the choosing. We thought we’d shine a little light their way and show you some of their greatest offerings right now.
This month, our Wine Geeks focus on the always wonderful wines coming out of Tuscany.
A 10-year Anniversary is a big deal, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate 10 years of our International Wine Festival with you. Filled with wine from all over the world, bite size delicacies, charcuterie and more, our 2017 festival will be an intimate, elegant, and exciting two night event.
Lively and vibrant, our International Wine Festival brings education and leisure together as we welcome those new to wine and connoisseurs alike to the Oscar Event Center. After all, we’re pouring and enjoying over 400 wines from more than 90 wineries, and we want everyone to sip, savor and experience these incredible creations in the best way possible.
As with our previous wine festivals, we’re offering two ticketing options, either of which promise an exceptionally entertaining evening. We want you to pick your own wine adventure, and let us be the guides.
For those looking for a simple, but no less lavish experience, our Grand Tasting option will make for something truly memorable. Enjoy Food Pairings by Country, wine samples from all of the wineries in the Grand Hall, as well as a commemorative 2017 Wine Festival glass and Tasting Guide.
Our Connoisseur ticket is your gateway to a night of wine and revelry, blending elements of our Grand Tasting ticket with so much more. A special Dinner By The Bite prepared by our talented in-house Chef at the Oscar Kitchen awaits, as well as exclusive wine samples and access to our Oscar Bar. Take home a commemorative 2017 Wine Festival glass, as well as our indispensable Tasting Guide.
And don’t worry, there’s a Non-Drinker option, as well, for those who simply want to enjoy the company of family and friends. Enjoy the charcuterie and snacks available, as well as water, coffee, and soda.
For those who attend and are a part of our Wine Passport e-newsletter program, we’re proud to offer our Buyer’s Club, which you you can use to order the wines you like most, then pick them up from either Jungle Jim’s location to keep the good times rolling at home. Think of it as your very own, year ‘round Wine Festival. And it all starts here.
Much like a bottle of wine, our International Wine Festival is best shared with friends and family. There’s a story to every bottle, and a smile for every sip. Let’s raise a glass together, and toast 10 years of fine wine and even finer company. Salud!
Back to the beginning. Like Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride, we return to the region that brought us the glorious noble grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec: Bordeaux. We at Jungle Jim’s have an eternal connection to this venerable region, and it is never more evident than behind the doors of our hallowed wine cellars. Step inside and join us in our continuing reverence for this storied place, and give one of these beauties a try: