Pet-nat, preserves and plenty of cheese – say hello to Burleigh’s Flor Wine and Grocer
What do you get when a wine guy, a restauranter and an award-wining bartender join forces? Amazing things, that’s what. Flor Wine and Grocer is the realisation of a collective dream for Peter Rogers from Naked Bunch, Jarome Smith from Palm Beach’s popular burger-slinger Burgster and Randy Shaw, who eagle-eyed locals may recognise from various watering holes around town including Rosella’s and Apres Surf. The talented trio got to chatting and decided to pool their individual expertise and got to work finding the perfect spot. Fast-forward a year and a half, and we’ve got our first taste of Flor Wine and Grocer. If you list wine, cheese and assorted chilli-based condiments as some of your favourite things, go ahead and get acquainted with Burleigh’s new purveyor of gourmet provisions.
If you spent any time wandering around New York City pre-pandemic, it’s pretty likely that you stumbled upon a bodega. Usually Spanish owner-operated, the neighbourhood nooks could loosely be described as ‘convenience stores with wine’. The shelves are lined with an assortment of life essentials, from deli meats to pantry staples and, of course, vino. The range varies from place to place, but one thing they all have in common is that they are widely adored by their regular clientele. Flor Wine and Grocer is based loosely around this concept and signals a return to the days when you would have your local baker, fruit shop and bar all in close proximity. Flor is all of those things in one convenient package. Nestled along Park Avenue (next door to Erva nail spa), the bright-red tiled exterior is your first hint that the Flor crew do things differently. Once you step foot inside, that notion is firmly cemented once you spy the incredible inventory.
Authenticity underpins Flor’s operations from its ethos to its offering, with a strong focus on showcasing spray-free produce from the Gold Coast and northern New South Wales, handmade small foods, and a seriously impressive line-up of natural, minimal-intervention and new-wave wines. The solid selection features predominantly Australian boutique producers, however there are a handful of drops from Austria, France, Italy and Spain, to name a few. Observant oenophiles should keep an eye out for Project Seventy Six – Flor’s own in-house wine label that is blended right here in Queensland. At present, there’s a sauvignon blanc, a rosé and a chilled red to tickle your tastebuds. The great thing about Flor is that you needn’t be a total wine nerd – or even know your chardonnay from your chablis – because the team is always on-hand and happy to help. Once you’ve perused the grape juice, take a peek at the cold cabinet that is brimming with picnic essentials – from fancy fromage to portions of cured meat, shelves of pickles, preserves and pantry staples. Freshly baked baguettes from Burleigh Baker round out the ultimate picnic offering.
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