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LightCatcher Winery still pouring, and still waiting for a buyer

LightCatcher winery has covered and uncovered outdoor dining on a tree-nestled patio in far west Fort Worth.
LightCatcher winery has covered and uncovered outdoor dining on a tree-nestled patio in far west Fort Worth. Star-Telegram archives

If you haven’t seen Fort Worth’s new Whiskey Ranch distillery and events facility, go see it.

But if you’ve never gone to LightCatcher Winery & Bistro, go see the Texas “wine ranch” northwest of Fort Worth before it’s sold.

LightCatcher remains open and is serving both food and wine Friday nights, all day Saturdays and at lunch Sundays.

“I can’t seem to get the ambitious cook out of my system,” chef-vinter Caris Turpen said the other day.

LightCatcher continues to host parties and events, even as Turpen has converted part of the barrel room to an art studio.

Recent dishes have included scallops, duck, ahi tuna and rib-eyes along with pizzas, sandwiches, burgers and appetizers, and desserts such as glazed-doughnut bread pudding with salted-caramel sauce.

“It’s the only way I know how to live,” Turpen said.

LightCatcher went up for sale earlier this year after a 15-year run as one of Texas’ first wineries and tasting rooms.

Turpen, an artist and Emmy-winning cinematographer, chose a hilly backroad west of Lakeside to launch a winery.

The Texas Kiss Merlot Rose might be its most familiar wine. About a year’s worth of wine has been bottled and remains for sale, Turpen said.

LightCatcher’s kitchen is open from 5 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday and Sunday at 6925 Confederate Park Road (Farm Road 1886), Lakeside; 817-237-2626, lightcatcher.com.

Bud Kennedy: 817-390-7538, @EatsBeat.

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