The current controversy in the Texas wine industry over the use of For Sale In Texas Only (FSITO) and the GO TEXAN program has affected even those wineries who do not use the GO TEXAN logo and use FSITO as a last resort. When the 2013 harvest produced few white grapes due to the late freezes, McPherson Cellars was faced with three hard choices:
- Produce a very limited amount of their three major white wines, which was not practical
- Label the wines as American, which meant they couldn’t have a vintage date and would incorrectly imply they didn’t contain any Texas grapes at all. McPherson Cellars said, “We believe vintage is crucial for McPherson wines and we didn’t want anyone to think we had forsaken Texas grapes.”
- Use FSITO as the best of a bad lot
McPherson Cellars found what they think is an approach which adds a unique twist to FSITO and highlights the effort they make to be true to Texas wine. Kim McPherson’s younger brother Jon McPherson is an award-winning winemaker in California and Kim called on him to help with a solution. By working together and combining grapes sourced by Jon with the Texas grapes Kim had available, they created three wines with the quality their customers expect from McPherson Cellars. The wines are called “Brothers Blend.”
The three white wines – Viognier, Roussanne, and Les Copains (a white Rhone varietal blend) – are all labeled on the front with the varietal or proprietary name and Brothers Blend just below. The back label with FSITO tells the story of the grape loss in 2013 due to the freezes, how Kim and Jon worked together to make the wine, and that they hope to have TEXAS proudly back on the front label next year where it belongs. All of McPherson Cellars other current and new releases are TEXAS appellation.
McPherson Cellars summarized, “We hope you will support our decision and feel, as do we, that this was an honest way to address a difficult issue. McPherson Cellars is proud to be a part of the Texas wine industry and we believe the best is yet to come.”