First Dish: BlackSheep Wine Bar & Merchant

Jenna SauterNovember 12, 2021
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Graze Box | Photo courtesy BlackSheep


Sometimes being the black sheep isn’t such a bad thing, especially when wine is involved. Join the herd at downtown Chandler’s newest wine bar, BlackSheep, where you’ll find an array of authentic wines from around the globe, specialty craft cocktails and light bites.

The bar, which opened in July, has a sleek, modern aesthetic. The patio is home to 1940s-era streetlamps with multiple table sections, perfect for those who like to sit outside and gaze at the busy downtown atmosphere. As guests enter the interior, they are greeted by low-hanging light fixtures, cozy couches and white marble coffee tables. Toward the bar area there are high-tops for bigger parties as well as smaller tables for a date night. Those who sit at the bar have a front row view of the liquor wall, where a colorful coterie of bottles is on display. To the right is a window to the wine cellar, where guests can take a peek at corks eager to be popped.

Beat the heat with one (or two) of BlackSheep’s $5 featured cocktails, the Frozé (frozen rosé) or the frozen Peach Bellini. For those with a bolder palate, the barrel-aged Smoked Old Fashion ($12) is a twist on the classic, using a smoke gun to put on a show. Another fan favorite is The Yogi ($12) a color-changing gin-based cocktail with lychee liqueur, fresh squeezed juices, garnished with a dehydrated orange and fragrant flower. For oenophiles, BlackSheep makes it easy to settle down with a friend and enjoy a bottle of your favorite blend. BlackSheep offers more than 50 different bottles, each offering a unique tasting experience. The most inexpensive bottle is a $25 Pinot Noir and the priciest is a $712 Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy glasses from $5 to $12.

BlackSheep interior | Photo courtesy BlackSheep


Snacks for the table are always a great way to get the party started. Choose from savory Crab Cakes with roasted pepper tartar sauce ($16.50), the Pesto Grilled Chicken Flatbread with sun-dried tomatoes and fresh grated mozzarella ($15), the creamy Burrata and sweet Fig Jam ($15.50) and more.

Nothing pairs better with a glass of wine than a classic meat and cheese board. BlackSheep has its own spin on the classic charcuterie – here they’re dubbed “Graze Boxes” and come in an array of varieties. Their featured box is This Is My Jam, which includes prosciutto, seasonal fruit, salami, pistachio mortadella, rich cheeses such as Brie, smoked Gouda and Asiago, crackers, fresh bread and rotating munchies of the moment. (Pricing varies depending on size). For those with a larger appetite, the Seasonal Bruschetta (half order $9, full order $15.75) is a tasty option that features peaches, diced tomato, passion fruit-infused mascarpone, fresh basil and a balsamic reduction.

Seasonal Bruschetta | Photo courtesy BlackSheep


End the night with BlackSheep’s one and only dessert, the No Tricks, Just Treats Graze Box ($17), a colorful display of assorted fresh fruits, chocolate covered pretzels, marshmallows, whipped Nutella, vanilla wafers and macaroons. It’s light enough to not put you in a food coma, but still gives you sweet, post-meal satisfaction.

Whether you’re celebrating a big occasion or grabbing a bite at the end of a long workday, BlackSheep is a welcome addition to downtown Chandler’s expanding foodie scene.

98 S San Marcos Pl, Chandler, 480-912-1212,