Features March 2021

Date Night Dishes: Merkin Vineyards

As the world returns somewhat to normal, if you and your significant other are looking for an exceptional date night, one of the first places you need to head for is Merkin Vineyards, located in Old Town Scottsdale. If you’re a fan of authentic, farm to table food, with a strong commitment to using only the freshest and finest of locally sourced ingredients, paired with a wide range of wines, each better than the next, and with the awards to back it up, then look no further, as this may just be your ultimate culinary destination.

From the creative genius of its owner and Winemaker, musician MJ Keenan, Merkin Vineyards and Caduceus Cellars produce mainly Italian and Spanish varieties and feature a range of styles. Whether it be a Red or a White, there will be a wine you will fall in love with. And to help you with  your decision making, the staff is truly exceptional and knowledgeable and can help you find that perfect sip. Whether it’s finding your favorite glass or finding the perfect wine flight to give you a good variety, you’re in good hands as the staff will match your palette to their wines. And when you find that perfect glass, you can take a bottle of it home as their bottle shop is on site.

If you only visited for the wine, it would be a fantastic destination. But what helps set Merkin apart is the kitchen. With a focus and dedication on only locally grown and sourced ingredients, whether grown in their own farms, gardens and greenhouses, made in their scratch kitchen, or sourced from local farmers and growers, the menu of the day changes depending on the ingredients available. When we visited, we were fortunate to try bacon wrapped dates (just wow, we could enjoy these every day and never get tired of them), caprese (we’ve never had fresher mozzarella cheese or tomatoes), an amazing charcuterie board (with fresh goat cheese and local meats) to name just a few of the awesome menu items. Everything was just perfect. And what’s great is knowing that soon their kitchen will be expanding to offer a wood fired oven, perfect for flatbreads and pastas. Based on the already amazing food, this expansion is sure to be something special.

If you’re a fan of great wine and great food, look no further than here to find the ultimate date night spot. With a wide variety of wines, always fresh and local food, this is one spot you’re sure to love.

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