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People do not live by bread alone. They need wine, too.

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Some of the very hottest wines right now are Australian, and a real Australian, Kerry Walsch, recently purchased the old King's Liquor and Flowers (so-called because it was originally a combination liquor store and florist shop and still sells roses) at 1333 Washington Blvd. But it isn't just the wines, although the choice of fine Syrahs is impressive. It's also the genuine selection of rums and brandies, plus it's the only place in town selling Plymouth gin--remember, the one Travis McGee used to drink?

This is no chain liquor store. This place is interesting.

Sure, Walsch has painted and primped up the joint, but it's hard to completely wipe away the ghetto feeling in most liquor stores, even on Ringling Boulevard. And that inch-thick plexi in front of the cashier and fine brandies is a tad sobering.

But as an Aussie character, Walsch is wonderful; and the selection in her shop is at least as good. Treat yourself to some fine Australian wines being sold by an Aussie. It's fun, you'll probably visit an area you haven't lately, and that's good for our growing town.
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Title Annotation:streetTALK
Author:Ardren, Bob
Publication:Sarasota Magazine
Date:Apr 1, 2004
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