If you're thinking about attending or sponsoring the 2014 Science of Wine, or perhaps you were at this year's event and want to relive the festivities, check out this video recap!

Thanks again to presenting sponsor Akerman, wine provider Southern Wine & Spirits, restaurant partners, sponsors and educators for their support.




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The 2013 Science of Wine saw a record number of more than 700 attendees sample wine, learn the science thereof and raise funds for Orlando Science Center’s educational programs.

Almost two dozen of Orlando’s top restaurants prepared delectable bites and more than 100 wines were available to taste. Information stations allowed guests to discover how wine is made and much more. In addition, Luis Torres of the Constellation Academy of Wine returned for the third year to give a seminar that examined how best to pair wine with cheese.

Thanks to presenting sponsor Akerman, wine provider Southern Wine & Spirits, restaurant partners, sponsors and educators for their support.




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If this video doesn't whet your appetite, nothing will. Dan Drayer, executive chef for Talk of the Town Restaurants, shares what Charley's Steakhouse will have for guests at the 2013 Science of Wine. 

Charley's Steak House is family-owned and has operated since 1974. They offer a fabulous menu of typical and not-so-typical steakhouse fare. Enjoy their menu offerings as well as other Talk of the Town Restaurants at the 2013 Science of Wine on May 11!




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2013 Science of Wine is tomorrow night! We dropped by Tim's Wine Market to speak with Tim Varan himself about what guests can expect at the event. 




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2013 Science of Wine is quickly approaching, but we just couldn’t wait! We visited one of our restaurant partners, Hawkers Asian Street Fare, to get a taste of what they’re bringing to the big event.

Hawkers features the best traditional street foods from every region of Asia together under one roof. Take your taste buds on a journey to the Far East at the 2013 Science of Wine on May 11!




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The second annual Science of Wine on Saturday, May 19 was a tremendous success with over 600 guests enjoying an evening of great food, amazing wine and entertaining, yet informative seminars. Special thanks to presenting sponsor, Akerman; to Southern Wine & Spirits for the tremendous wine selection; and to all of our restaurant partners, sponsors and educators for their generosity.

It was a delectable night for wine, food and learning. More than 100 of the finest wines from all major regions of the world were served, as well as food provided by local gourmet restaurants and caterers. Enjoy this set of photos from the event and we look forward to seeing you at the next event!


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Here’s a Science of Wine segment with Tim Varan from Tim’s Wine Market appearing on GalTime TV. It is airing this Sunday, May 13 at 10:00 a.m. on WRDQ Ch. 27.


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Check out what Taverna Opa is bringing to the Science of Wine!


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Not a sommelier? It’s okay, here’s a quick clip on how to taste wine from Tim Varan of Tim’s Wine Market in Winter Park. Tim’s has donated some items to our silent auction, including a wine tasting for 20!


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Here’s a sneak preview of upcoming events at Science of Wine!


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The next time you pick up a glass of Cabernet, you might stop and think about the science that went into producing that fine wine. You will if you were one of the nearly 500 guests that attended The Science of Wine on May 14, 2011. Sommeliers, casual wine lovers and “newbies” alike enjoyed a variety of wines paired with samples from local restaurants.

In an event that was described by guests as “uniquely the Science Center”, sampling was complimented by seminars and workshops intended to create a better understanding of how wine is produced. Proceeds from the inaugural event will support the Science Center’s mission “To Inspire Science Learning for Life".


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The great thing about The Science of Wine is that  it's so much more that a wine tasting. We're offering unique, wine-oriented programs to compliment a fantastic evening of wine and food. The following is a list of some of the presenters that will be onhand for the event:

Luis Torres

South American-born, Chicago-raised Luis Torres lends his extensive background in wine supply, distribution, and on-premise roles to the Constellation Academy of Wine. He studied Food Science and Technology in Mexico before spending 15 years in the restaurant industry. His experience includes an apprenticeship at Charlie Trotter’s with Master Sommelier Larry Stone, studies with the Court of Master Sommeliers, and management and wine buying responsibilities for all of Hilton’s Chicago properties.

Steve Butler

Steve is a Certified Wine Educator and Manager of Tim’s Wine Market. He is also an active member of the Society of Wine Educators. Steve Butler will be at The Science of Wine talking about the pros and cons various wine bottle closures, dispelling myths about corks and screwcaps! You’ll find him partnering with Andrea Marzullo at the Guess the Number of Corks station. You won’t want to miss the chance to win a case of Robert Mondavi wine.

Craig Lopus

This Sommelier and Certified Wine Specialist developed his love of wine after living in Europe for seven years. Combined with an MBA in Marketing, Craig’s passions for the corked concoction led him into ownership of Tim’s Wine Market Windermere. Craig is doing what he loves by sharing his love of wine while providing the best selection for any budget in his shops. He is also an active member of the Society of Wine Educators. Craig will be at The Science of Wine utilizing the unique Science on a Sphere to talk about where the outstanding vineyards of the world are located and why their locations make such great wine!

Brian Shields

Inspired by Hurricane Gloria in 1985 to enter the field of meteorology, Brian has always had a passion for the weather. As a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, Brian brings his enthusiasm to WFTV Channel 9 everyday to give you the local Florida weather forecast. Also look for Brian in a special appearance in the Science Center’s WFTV Channel 9 Severe Weather Center exhibit inside of Our Planet, Our Universe.

Tim Varan

Tim is a Certified Wine Educator and owner of Tim’s Wine Market. Opening the first branch in Orlando in 1995, Tim’s Wine Markets now boasts six locations across Central Florida. Tim brings his 20 years of experience to his business and has the great fortune to taste over 4,000 wines a year to select only the best for his shops, which strive to provide only the best in service, selection and value. Tim will be discussing Wine & Weather with Brian Shields at The Science of Wine.


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