About this location
Located in downtown Windermere at Fifth Avenue and Main Street, Tim’s Wine Market Windermere features over seven hundred selections as well as a reputation for being the social hub of the Friday night social scene. Wine lovers from Windermere, Dr. Phillips, Gotha, Winter Garden and Ocoee gather for free Friday night wine tastings.
The store has an extensive selection of wines from all the important wine regions of the world with an in- depth collection of wines from California and the Pacific Northwest. While value wines are well represented, there is also a broad choice of high end California Cabernets and Chardonnays.
Owners Craig and Kathy Lopus hold Sommelier Certificates from the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Certified Specialist of Wine certifications from the Society of Wine Educators. In addition to providing excellent customer service, they specialize in special orders, hosting Fundraiser events, wine classes and offer free local delivery. Craig and Kathy have developed a local reputation for creative, educational and entertaining special events like Wine U, Wine U Grad School, the Big Dog California Cab Tasting, the Quintessa Blending Event, the Wagner Family of Wine tastings and more. Their clients appreciate their attitude that wine tasting should be interesting, educational and FUN!
Tim’s Wine Market Windermere has been awarded “best wine store” by the Southwest Bulletin three years running—2012, 2013 and 2014.
Craig and Kathy are proud to support community events including Windermere Wine & Dine, Quest, Inc., Windermere Rotary, Holy Family Catholic School, to name a few.
Local experts Craig & Kathy Lopus
Craig and Kathy developed a passion for wine while living in Europe. Their travels took them to all the great wine regions of France, Italy and Germany. Upon returning to the United States, they have traveled extensively to the wine regions of California, Oregon and Washington.
Craig was born and raised in Erie, PA and graduated from Pennsylvania State University. His lifelong love of the Yankees beckoned him to New York City. He earned an MBA in Marketing which laid the foundation for a career at Avon Products and later as the Vice President of Marketing at Tupperware Brands. Craig admits to being a man of many hobbies including collecting baseball cards, snow skiing, Ebay power selling, Penn State football, and of course, enjoying his wine collection!
Kathy is a native of New York City. Following a career at Avon Products in International Marketing, Kathy embraced the nonprofit world spending ten years at Shepherd’s Hope followed by a five year tenure at Orlando Science Center. Kathy is currently Vice President of Development at Quest, Inc., the non-profit organization that empowers individuals with disabilities to achieve their dreams to live, learn, work and play. Her interest in wine and philanthropy merge at Quest’s annual gala, Wine Quest. Wine Quest will be celebrated on June 3rd/4th, 2016 at Loews Royal Pacific Resort.
Craig and Kathy have been married for twenty-eight years. Before moving to Florida, they enjoyed traveling the world–visiting 80 countries and all seven continents! They have two great kids, both involved in Tim’s Wine Market Windermere, Katie, a recent graduate from UCF, directs social media and Teddy who is the ‘wine concierge’ when he’s home from FSU.