What merlot would you recommend?
If you're in western Canada, Hester Creek Estate Merlot is the best ! In the rest of the world Marcus James Merlot from Argentina is always good and inexpensive.
Merlot wines are usually sweeter and have lower tannin levels. White wines have less tannins than red wines. So, chances are you like white wines because of this attribute. The fact is that every wine is different and that you can't really substitute one for another completely. But if you like white wine and would like to experiment with reds, Merlot is an excellent choice.