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Worried about wine tasting? Don't. 'This is a very fun, welcoming industry'

Williamson Vineyards has been around since the 1990s, one of the early wine operations in the area. In other words, they are old pros. (KBOI Photo)

Once more of a hidden gem, Idaho's wine scene has been coming into the spotlight in recent years, and as the industry continues to expand, it can be hard to keep up with it all.

Over the next few months, KBOI 2News, will do our best to catch you up on what's growing on Idaho's vines and what's swirling in the tasting rooms.

Up first? Williamson Vineyards -- one of the area's older wineries, which is tucked away in rural Canyon County.

"We're really excited about how Idaho's wine industry is growing," said Beverly Williamson Mack.

Once you're in the Sunnyslope region, these signs will point you in the right direction. Hopefully. But as long as you end up at a tasting room you're doing it right.

Williamson Vineyards has been around since the 1990s, one of the early wine operations in the area. In other words, they are old pros.

But they say you don't have to be one to enjoy wine tasting.

"I do see people when they come in the door, they feel intimidated," Williamson Mack said. "They don't know what to expect, they feel like it's really fancy and they don't know what to do. They shouldn't feel that way. This is a very fun, welcoming industry."

So, here's your welcome to the wine industry.

Wine Tasting 101

Step 1: Look at your wine

"Look at the color, look at the clarity, so you're looking...look through the top, so you're looking down. Is it deep red? Is it brown? Is it thick...can you see through it? The color can indicate how the wine was processed and hint at things such as age and alcohol content.

Step 2: Smell your wine

"You're trying to get those molecules bouncing around a bit more.

Tip: Stick your nose all the way in. It looks weird, but you want to get your nose in there. You get a little more out of that. But swirl, swirl, swirl and sniff, sniff, sniff, and you start thinking about what you're smelling.

Step 3: Taste the wine!

Aim for the wine tasting noise (leaving the wine in over your tongue and you're breathing in over the top of it (kind of like bubbles).

These techniques help aerate the wine in your mouth so you'll get the full experience.

The big lesson? It's OK to be an amateur wine taster. The big thing? Experience the wine scene and maybe learn a thing or two!



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