Evanston Cellars, LLC was founded in 2012 by the husband and wife team of Dileep Gangolli and Janice MacDonald.
Years of conducting tours of Lake Michigan Shore and other Midwest vineyards and wineries led them to discover the often overlooked offerings of the region.
Dileep has been making wine as a hobbyist for over ten years.
In 2013, Evanston Cellars founded it's own wine brand, Forty Winks, which offers a portfolio of wines to restaurants and retailers around the Chicago area.
Initially, Forty Winks wines were crafted from grapes sourced exclusively from the Midwest.
In 2016, the brand expanded to include wines produced in Washington state.
In 2017, Evanston Cellars will be working with producers in Spain, France, and Italy to bring the best table wines to Chicago.