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Wine

  1. Thanksgiving + Holiday Wine Pairings

    Thanksgiving + Holiday Wine Pairings
    At Pastoral, our wine portfolio focuses on small-batch artisan wines that pair perfectly with food and there's an overwhelming number of Turkey-friendly wines out there. To make things a little easier for you, we have a few recommendations, not only for your turkey dinner, but for any holiday occasion where hearty, rustic and comforting food is abundant.     BUBBLY...
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  2. WHAT OUR WINE BUYER DID ON HIS SUMMER VACATION

    WHAT OUR WINE BUYER DID ON HIS SUMMER VACATION
    Oregon Pinot Camp Recap I recently had the incredible opportunity to attend the 16th Annual Oregon Pinot Camp (OPC) in the Willamette Valley. The camp was started in 2000 by several of the region’s best wineries as a way to showcase their wines to the rest of the country. This year, there were 50 local wineries on hand to meet and...
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  3. SUMMER REDS

    SUMMER REDS
    As the seasons change and warmer weather arrives, most people start popping corks on light and refreshing white wine and Rosé. With good reason, both styles of wine are perfect for al fresco drinking with sunshine and good friends. However, just because it’s warm out doesn’t mean you can’t also be drinking light and refreshing red wines. Here are some...
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  4. 5 WAYS TO ENJOY SPRING CHEESES

    5 WAYS TO ENJOY SPRING CHEESES
    Spring is a wonderful time to explore seasonal varieties of artisan cheeses which aren't typically available year round, or hit the peak of perfection when paired with the flavors of the season. Nothing beats a classic grilled cheese or dunking a fresh baguette into a velvety bloomy rind, but here are a few of the ways we're branching out our...
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  5. MEET THE WINEMAKERS OF THE ARTISAN PRODUCER FESTIVAL

    MEET THE WINEMAKERS OF THE ARTISAN PRODUCER FESTIVAL
    We 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...
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  6. Pastoral's 5th Annual Artisan Producer Festival!

    Pastoral's 5th Annual Artisan Producer Festival!
      Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine and the Chicago French Market are proud to announce the 5th Annual Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival at the Chicago French Market from 11 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, April 25, 2015. This is a FREE tasting and meet-the-maker event featuring producers of artisan cheese, bread, beer, wine, charcuterie, confections, and other food...
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  7. Bar Pastoral's 2nd Anniversary Premium Wine Dinner

    Benchmark wine selections represent intricate and nuanced wines from heralded producers, perfect for special occasions. On Tuesday, November 11th, join Chef Brooks Hart and Pastoral's Beverage Educator, Mark Wrobel for Bar Pastoral's first ever Premium Wine Dinner in celebration of Bar Pastoral's 2nd anniversary in Lakeview. Benchmark wine selections represent intricate and nuanced wines from heralded producers, perfect for special occasions. Selected...
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  8. Forlorn Hope Winery - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

    Forlorn Hope Winery - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights
    Matthew Rorick is a champion of the lesser-known varietals, he makes small production bottlings from grapes like Verdelho, Trousseau Gris and Alvarelhao that grow clandestinely in small pockets throughout California. Rorick allows the grapes to speak for themselves instead of over- manipulating them in the winery. Forlorn Hope wines ferment via natural yeast, very little sulfur is added and there are no new...
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  9. Illinois Sparkling Co. - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

    Illinois Sparkling Co. - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights
    Illinois Sparkling Co. is an independent craft winery making balanced, unique sparklers exclusively from grapes grown in Illinois. Each wine is hand-crafted in their Peru, IL winery using the labor-intensive, hands on traditional method used in the Champagne region for centuries. Mark and Terri Wenzel got their start as owners of August Hill Winery when it dawned on Mark that Illinois...
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  10. Firelands Winery - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

    Firelands Winery - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights
    Firelands Winery is 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. The original wine cellar at Firelands, built in 1880 by the Edward Mantey family, has been incorporated into the present Sandusky facility. In 1979, the Mantey...
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