LightCatcher Winery in Fort Worth just released the 2007 Texas Kiss Merlot Rosé ($14). Winemaker Caris Turpen said:
This year’s version is true to form – light, crisp, and just sweet enough to push the fruitiness right up to the front (technically it’s “off-dry”). The flavors are strawberry, cherry, watermelon and cranberry – a perfect complement to spicy and warm-weather dishes. And, the color is gorgeous – a transparent ruby red, clean and enticing.
You can expect that this will sell out soon, as it does every year. I love this wine with fish and shellfish dishes that have a bit of sweetness in the glazes or sauces. Turpen also has a dry-style Merlot rosé, Etain’s Rose ($18), that I cannot leave the winery without
buying drinking at least one bottle. It is crisp and refreshing, but has structure and complexity. Try it with chicken, Asian food, even steak.