About this location
Our original location, opened in October, 1995. This store features over 1300 selections of imported and domestic wines, as well as a classroom for tastings and private events. Tim is also a Certified Wine Educator in the Society of Wine Educators. All of the current staff have passed the Wine and Spirits Education Trust Level 2 with distinction, and senior team members Lee and Dan have passed Level 3 as well.
Local expert Tim Varan
Tim grew up in Western Pennsylvania but left shortly after graduating from Butler High School. While attending UCF for a finance degree he worked a lot of odd jobs but, fell in love with wine and food while working for Pebbles in 1989. At that point he was about to graduate, but very few banks wanted a Finance student with a 2.5 GPA, so I took a temporary job in a local wine shop as a bookkeeper. After two years he took over the business and the rest, as they say, is history. After that store closed (he calls it being, “the second captain of the Titanic”) he moved to Dexter’s for three years before opening TWM in 1995. When not working he love to cook and spend a lot of time working in his garden. He is frequently on the road, traveling with his wife Susan and their three kids; Andrew, Kate and Olivia.
Local expert Lee Pancake
Lee is born and raised in Orlando, a graduate of Boone High School and the University of Central Florida, earning his degree in Business Management. He also completed the Wine and Spirits Education Trust Level 2 and 3 examinations “with distinction.” When not working in the store Lee enjoys playing guitar and producing music, cooking and experimenting with craft cocktails.