Florrie’s Wine Shop here in Tramore, Co. Waterford is by far the quaintest wine shop and off-licence that I’ve ever seen.
What I’m talking about is history, heritage, sense of place and sheer beauty. Florries, which is physically attached to the well-known Ritz Bar was originally a fisherman’s cottage. It is a beautiful thatched building, just around the corner from the road that sweeps down to the lovely Pier in Tramore.
Sometime in the 1920s or 1930s, the cottages were converted into The Ritz, and the part that is now Florrie’s Wine Shop served as the living quarters of the manageress of The Ritz, who was called Florrie.
Florrie’s Wine Shop opened eight years ago and offers its customers a choice of over 200 wines from all round the world. It is quite amazing to see such a wide selection housed in what is a very small but extremely well-used space.
Browsing and selecting wine in Florrie’s is a deeply enriching experience which transports one all round the globe as well as into the very heart of Tramore and its long history.
Oh, let me propose a pre-Christmas toast for good health and happiness as I pour a glass of fine red wine purchased in Florrie’s at sundown.