warns. “I can be an ass to people who know everything about everything. “When you walk into my tasting room, I want you to find something that you love.” In addition to winery tours, Karyl and Kevin have no problem letting people into their inner sanctum. “There have been times when we’re bottling and people get a sneak peek and they get to pour their own,” she said. The near future sees Wilhelm Family Vineyards hosting an upcoming wine club social and wine club member ap-
preciation weekend. This is where Karyl takes her six suggested spring wine pickups, often new releases, and pairs them with food. This year sees the debut of two new whites, including a 2016 dry white and a dry red. Karyl Wilhelm says she is sympathetic to those who have outgrown the overthe-top party atmosphere, but who are wary of those tasting rooms who take themselves so serious that they are a turn-off to potential customers. “The frat party environment is not for everybody,” said Karyl. “Somewhere in between is a nice mix. That’s where we are.
Get a little wine, get a little knowledge. “We’ve got loads of options for our sweeties and for our dry folks.” Ultimately, she goes on to say, “the proof is in the pouring. If someone finds your winery and had an enjoyable experience, they’ll come back and bring their friends and family.” The tasting room at Wilhelm Family Vineyards is open daily April 1 through October, then Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
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that interest them,” explains Karyl. “Walking into a tasting room should be like walking into a friend’s house.” Karyl says she has fun answering questions for people and stresses that no question is a “dumb question”. “People ask, ‘What does it mean if a wine has legs?’ or say they don’t know what to ask for at a restaurant. That’s what I’m here for,” she said. On the other hand, Karyl has fun with those on the other end of the spectrum. “Don’t come here and try to make the people around you feel dumb,” she
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