Sunday event will pay tribute to Inspire Moore Winery founder who died following battle with cancer

NAPLES — The Finger Lakes region is mourning the loss of Tim Moore, an admired and respected winemaker who founded Inspire Moore Winery in Naples with his wife, Diane. Tim died Saturday, June 29, after a battle with brain cancer. He was 51.

Family and friends invite the public to join in a celebration of Tim’s life, Raising a Glass for Tim, at the winery pavilion this Sunday. Diane said the celebration will be in the spirit Tim wanted, sharing food, wine, music and memories.

Recognized as a leader in the Finger Lakes wine industry, Tim Moore “made some of the most delicious and exciting wines available in the region,” stated a post from Edible Finger Lakes, one of many online tributes. “He was respected and loved by all who knew him.”

Remembered as a mentor and friend, Tim took to the art of wine making as a young man earning a degree in fermentation science and the study of wine from the University of California at Davis, where he met Diane. They were married June 29, 1990.

Studying and working in the field in California and abroad, Tim eventually took a position as director of grower relations for Constellation Brands Inc. The job brought the Moore family to the Finger Lakes in the 1990s. In 2007, Tim and Diane followed through on their dream of opening their own winery, restoring a former carriage house adjacent to vineyards in the village of Naples.

Inspire Moore, known for its festive events and hosting regional music talent, produces over 12 different wines with signature labels like Inspiration, Harmony, Truth, Wisdom, Joy, Love and Grace. The Moores' five children — Jordain, Madison, Cassandra, Nathaniel, and Nicholas — all participate in the business.

This spring, Tim joined in bottling the winery’s newest label, Resilience. A project involving friends, family and local businesses including several area wineries, Resilience was uncorked at a benefit in May to help pay for cancer-related expenses and inspire Tim as he underwent treatments locally and in New York City.

This Saturday, the day before the remembrance event, Inspire Moore celebrates its 12th anniversary with free festivities and live music during the day with tickets being sold for evening entertainment with The David Bromberg Quintet playing under the new winery pavilion. Diane said this will be one of many more anniversaries to come for Inspire Moore. “Tim’s dream will never die,” she said. Their son, Nathaniel, 20, is carrying on his father’s wine-making legacy bolstered by friends and interns.

Friends posted about Sunday’s celebration, Raising a Glass for Tim — “Tim loved making people laugh” and being joyful and “that is why we are having a celebration — to bring people together who loved him. To dance, sing, recount stories, smile, cry and embrace the beautiful space he created here in Naples.”

For more information, visit Inspire Moore Winery & Vineyard's Facebook page at