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 local delivery.
Craig and Kathy have developed a local reputation for creative, educational and entertaining special events like Wine U, 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 six years running—2012 through 2018.
Craig and Kathy are proud to support community events including Windermere Wine & Dine, Wine Quest, Windermere Rotary, Holy Family Catholic School, Windermere Police Foundation, to name a few.
Tim’s Wine Market invites you to join in the fun on the fourth Friday of every month for Windermere Family Food Truck event from 5 to 9p.m. There is seating at Tim’s if you’d like to chat with your neighbors as well as pair your food truck selection with your choice of wine.
Local experts Craig & Kathy Lopus
Craig and Kathy Lopus have owned Tim’s Wine Market Windermere for ten years. In that time, they have been actively engaged in Windermere making friends and business partners and building relationships with community organizations. The Lopus’ look for opportunities to visit renowned wine regions to increase their knowledge and acquire hands on experience about the unique aspects of different wine regions around the world—their travels have taken them to California, Washington State, Oregon, Burgundy, Champagne as well as many famed wine regions in Italy, to name a few.
Craig is a native of Erie, PA. He graduated from Penn State University followed by an MBA in Marketing from New York University. Craig’s career path has taken him from being a CPA to being Vice President of Marketing at Tupperware Brands to being a wine educator and wine store owner. Little did he know that those marketing and finance skills would provide the foundation for owning a wine store in Windermere!
Kathy was born and raised in New York City, graduated from New York schools with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology (which has aided her in her 31 years of marriage to Craig!) She also possesses an MBA in Marketing. Leaving the corporate world behind, Kathy joined the non-profit world when they moved to Orlando and currently serves as Vice President Development at Quest Inc., an organization that empowers individuals with disabilities to achieve their dreams.
Craig and Kathy have lived in Florida for the 20+ years. They have two grown children, both involved in Tim’s Wine Market: Katie directs social media remotely from Washington D. C. where she works at Marriott Global headquarters. Teddy serves as wine concierge when he’s home from Florida State University.