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© 2014 Galdones PhotographyWe seek out wineries using sustainable, organic and biodynamic techniques, and those that source grapes from their own vineyards. We want to know that our wines are carefully looked after from vine to bottle. We also believe in finding wines that are the perfect pairings for the cheeses in our case and the products on our shelves. Meet a few of these winemakers and sample their wines alongside all of the other artisan treats you'll find at the 5th Annual Artisan Producer Festival on Saturday, April 25th at the Chicago French Market.



The team at Candid Wines distributes organic, biodynamic, and thoughtfully farmed wines in Illinois. Wine is a part of their lives because of its ability to make us happier in the moments just after we pulled the cork than we were seconds before. Damien Casten from Candid will be joining us with Amphibolite 'Nature', a fruit forward Muscadet from the Loire Valley and Domaine de Cèdres' Côtes du Rhône, a beautiful red blend from the Mediterranean region of France with loads of cedar and spicy, black pepper nose.


Cultivar Wines was started by Jody Harris, and Gingy Harris Gable, founders of Caspar Estate Wines. The Estate is a 25 acre property located above the Napa Valley in the Rutherford Appellation. It has been family owned and operated since 1960, practicing organic and sustainable farming techniques to preserve, protect and maintain the environment. The property, which now contains fruit trees, over 800 Mission olive trees and about a quarter million honey bees, is an ideal setting for growing grapes, too. About 13 acres of vineyards were planted for Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot grapes. Caspar Estate wines express the unique terroir of the land, with firm tannins, fresh acidity, and remarkable structure. Try their Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay at the festival.


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Field Recordings is 38-year old winemaker Andrew Jones’ personal catalog of the people and places he values most. Spending his days as a vine nursery fieldman planning and planting vineyards for farmers all over California, Andrew is sometimes offered small lots of their best fruit on the side. Having stood in just about every vineyard on the Central Coast, he has a keen eye for diamonds in the rough: sites that are unknown or under-appreciated but hold enormous untapped potential. As friendships are made and opportunities are embraced, Andrew produces small quantities of soulful wine from these unusual, quiet vineyards. After chugging Fiction from cans all last year, we are very excited to announce that our 5th Annual Artisan Producer Festival will be the first place in Chicago where you can taste their cans of Rose and Pinot Gris!



One of the oldest wineries in Ohio, producing wines from the Isle St. George Island north of Sandusky. A family run outfit that is the benchmark for wines in the region.


In 2008, Kat and Rob McDonald founded Art+Farm Wine in Napa, California after a importing legendary Australian wines they both loved. Art+Farm is home to their single vineyard wines, The Girls in the Vineyard, their outrageous blends, The Messenger, and their true varietals, Circadia.


Founded by Larry Mawby, L. Mawby Vineyards’ first vines were planted in the spring of 1973 and now cover about 18 acres. They have been producing wines since 1978, with an emphasis is on sparkling wines made with small lots and minimal handling. There's a reason why we keep this bubbly on tap at Bar Pastoral - find out why when you try it for yourself at the festival!


riccardo ricci curbastro

Ricardo Ricci Curbastro is a friend of Pastoral who has visited us a number of times. His family is the benchmark of quality for Franciacorta sparkling wines. Unlike Prosecco, the sparkling wines from Franciacorta are made in the Champagne Method giving them more depth of flavor and character. The family makes more than just sparkling wines, Curtefranca Rosso is one of the unique ones they'll be bringing to the festival - the main grape is Carmenere... growing in ITALY. Bordeaux ingredients, yet definitively Italian.


Davis Weszeli and Rupert Summerer produce their wine in Langenlois, Austria on land that has been used for wine since 1679. Weszeli and Summerer believe that the biological diversity of the vineyard is what gives their wine its character, and place the utmost importance on supporting that diversity.

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