By Elsa Hortareas

With fall approaching, Merkin Vineyards is offering the quintessential picnic in a prepacked cooler for the perfect social distancing activity.

The coolers have three options, all with wine and food.

The first option retails at $99.99 and can be bought at caduceus.org or Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards Tasting Room, in Jerome and Old Town Scottsdale. It includes a four pack of Puscifer Queen B cans (two Queen Bee Malvasia and two Queen Bee rose). In addition, it has one Merkin Vineyards handmade prickly pear campanella pasta, one 8-ounce jar of Merkin Vineyards tomato sauce, two Puscifer travel tumblers, two Puscifer can lids, one Caduceus sticker and one Merkin Vineyards sticker.

The second pack retails for $74.99 and is available at Merkin Osteria in Cottonwood and Merkin Vineyards Old Town Scottsdale for takeout. It includes a 7-quart Caduceus/Merkin cooler bag, two Puscifer Queen B cans (Malvasia or rose), two Puscifer travel tumblers, two Puscifer can lids, two salads and two small deli sandwiches.

The last pack also retails at $74.99 and is available at Merkin Osteria in Cottonwood and Merkin Vineyards Old Town Scottsdale for takeout. It has 7-quart Caduceus/Merkin cooler bag, two Puscifer Queen B cans (Malvasia or rose), two Puscifer travel tumblers, two Puscifer can lids, two salads and two lasagna cupcakes, an individual portion of lasagna either vegetable, meat and cheese or a seasonal option.

Merkin Vineyards is locally owned and operated and on a mission to deliver a 100% Arizona experience to the community. The farm-to-table, vine-to-glass restaurants only serve and pour what can be grown and produced in the state, primarily by Merkin Vineyards owner and head winemaker Maynard James Keenan and his team in the Verde Valley. Everything is made in house from scratch.

Merkin Vineyards and Caduceus Cellars make high-elevation wines out of predominantly Italian and Spanish varieties, producing roughly 7,000 cases a year off of 110 acres of vineyards.

Caduceus Cellars, caduceus.org.

Merkin Vineyards, merkinoldtownscottsdale.com.

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