Today I’m pleased to welcome Bevfly to the pages of the flog.
Do you know Bevfly? It’s a wine and sprits outlet on International Drive. Now stop that right now. This is close to the corner of Kirkman Road, so it’s easy access right off of I-4, and it’s before where I-Drive curves around and sucks you into the vehicular black hole surrounding the outlet mall.
Bevfly is worth finding. It has a terrific, thorough selection of fine wines. And it has some people with good wine cred behind it, including Kimberly Kolovos, former sommelier at Vines Grille & Wine Bar on Restaurant Row; her husband, Billy, who ran the Vines spirits store; and Gary Tupper, former sommelier at Luma on Park and Norman’s.
Tupper told me that their goal is to always have someone on hand who can talk authoritatively about the wines. “We want to make sure no one is just talking to a shelf stocker,” he said. Not that there’s anything wrong with shelf stockers, but anyone who has tried to get advice in one of those big-box wine stores has probably left with wine in a box.
Bevfly isn’t so large as to be overwhelming but it isn’t small, either. It has a substantial supply and it is all thoughtfully categorized and displayed. And just about every wine has two prices: the regular price and a member’s price, which can be significantly lower. And all it takes to become a member is your name and email address. There are no dues, no meetings to attend and you don’t have to be present to win.
That’s because Bevfly also offers free local delivery in Orlando for orders of $99 or more. So if the I-Drive thing really scares you, you can do your shopping online and still take advantage of the knowledge and expertise of the staff. And, not for nothing, you’ll probably be offered a glass of something to sip while you peruse.
So you really ought to go check the place out yourself. And here’s a good reason. On Saturday, Feb. 6, Bevfly is having a Pre-Valentine’s Day Pairing Party. I really like this idea. From 2 to 4 p.m. you can sip Champagne, Port and other selections and nibble on oysters, charcuterie and chocolate
It’s just $25 per person, but you’ll need to make a reservation because they don’t want the crowds to be so overwhelming that they can’t talk to everyone. I like that they’re doing this the weekend before Valentine’s Day — it’s perfect for someone who wants to a Valentine out to dinner and order a bottle of wine with more authority.
Bevflyis at 5425 International Drive, Orlando. It is open daily. For reservations at the February 6 event, or just to chat about wine, call 407-826-1542.