If you like wine, odds are you’re also a foodie. It’s hard to separate the two.

For the past several years I’ve been a semi-regular at one of the great, and yet very strange, supermarkets in the midwest. It’s been featured on the Food Network and has national acclaim.

It’s Jungle Jim’s in Cincinnati, Ohio. Actually it’s in Fairfield, a northern suburb up Ohio State Road 4 about six miles of Interstate 275. Here is a link to there site.

Jungle Jim’s is 300,000 square feet of international market. It has an enormous cheese and meat department. It’s fresh fish isn’t just fresh – most of it is live in tanks. It has huge international food aisles from countries around the globe. It has a bakery where you can sample breads. There are tasting stations all around the massive store. They have a massive fresh fruit and vegetable department – including fruits and vegetables from around the world.

Oh yes, the decor is well .. a jungle!

It has an enormous wine selection with really great prices. JJ carries value through high-end wine. They have a bar for wine tasting thought that seems to be sporadic.

It’s fun just to go to the place. They have some great lost leader bargains right when you enter the store. Not all of the prices are competitive even with your neighbor grocery, but it’s hard to beat the selection. Their advertised specials are usually awesome deals.

If you’re near Cincy and love such places, this one may be the granddaddy of them all!

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