Wine Not?

By the time the clock hits 5 p.m. Friday, most of us are in desperate need of a drink. And hey, three-for-one vodka and sodas will most certainly do the trick, but that's your weekly routine. Why not change it up? Why not celebrate all areas of the food and (alcoholic) beverage world? This Friday, the Museum of Discovery and Science is hosting the 19th-annual Wine Spirits & Culinary Celebration. The festivities include samples from more than 45 local restaurants, more than 200 wines and spirits from around the globe, multiple local and national craft beers, a silent auction, and complimentary Riedel wineglasses for every ticket purchased. The cost to attend is $85 for general admission, $150 for VIP. All proceeds benefit the museum. VIP tickets grant early entrance to the grand tasting, as well as to a martini cocktail reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. These ticket holders are also invited to attend a champagne tasting by "Champagne Wayne" at 7 p.m. and a winetasting with Paul Castovo of Big 105.9 at 8 p.m. in the Keller Science Theater, followed by exclusive access to the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort VIP Lounge from 8 to 11 p.m. on the Atrium. G.A. guests are granted access to the grand tasting from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. All attendees get the chance to vote for their favorite restaurants for the People's Choice Award. The dress code is city chic. The Museum of Discovery and Science is located at 401 SW Second St. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-713-0906, or visit
Fri., April 4, 6 p.m., 2014
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