Our Story


"There is absolutely no substitute for the best. Good food cannot be made of inferior ingredients masked with high flavor. It is true thrift to use the best ingredients available and to waste nothing." - James Beard

My name is Dileep Gangolli and I, along with my wife Janice MacDonald, own and operate Evanston Cellars.


We are both musicians but somewhere along the way, we developed a real passion for wine.  Making wine, taking trips to try wine, and eating good food with our wine.


We do three things in the wine business - all focused at creating enjoyable and memorable experiences celebrating local, Midwest wine:


> Organize and operate tours of wine trails around the Chicago area through our travel company, Windy City Tour Company.


> Distribute our own wines sold under the Forty Winks label.


> Produce special events and wine tastings at wine shops and restaurants that carry our wines.