Entrepreneur Minute – Tim Gardner, Lula Drake Wine Parlour

May 1, 2024

The Who’s on the Move, Entrepreneur Minute is an interview in support of the undeniable impact that entrepreneurs have on our communities. We will be highlighting 20 entrepreneurs in each of our markets (Columbia, Greenville and Charleston) with a short video. You will see a diverse group of entrepreneurs and we will be exploring the theme of overcoming obstacles.

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Tim Gardner, Proprietor, Head Sommelier, Lula Drake Wine Parlour

Tim Gardner fell for the grape while in grad school at UCLA. He later trained as a CSW, Certified Sommelier, and following years of study and travel, he received his Diploma from The International Sommelier Guild. Today he is the owner of Lula Drake Wine Parlour on Main St. in Columbia.

The story behind the discovery of the location, coming up with the name Lula Drake, and the journey to becoming nationally recognized by the James Beard Foundation is nothing short of magical. Lula Drake is a 2024 James Beard for Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program and a 2023 nominee for Outstanding Hospitality.

Below is our full, and separate, conversation with Tim Gardner. You can also listen to this podcast on Apple and Spotify. Just search for the WhosOnTheMove SC podcast and please consider subscribing.