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Have Your Cake and Drink It Too: Tiki Bar Battle of the Bottles, April 12

Will Layer Cake Wines win the Battle of the Bottles against Cupcake Vineyards? Or will Cakebread Cellars smash the competition? Find out!

In most countries, relaxing with a nice glass of wine is a perfectly acceptable pastime all on its own. They might even compare one vintage to another, extolling on each wine's virtues and complexities.

Here in 'Merica, that sounds like a lot of lazy, feel-good, socialist crap. Everything is a competition, and competition is everything.

"Our first Tiki Bar Battle of the Bottles is perfect for young professionals, event planners, and fun-loving oenophiles who want to sample ten delicious wines from three different California-based vintners: Cupcake Vineyards, Layer Cake Wines, and Cakebread Cellars," says Cathy Balestriere, general manager.

Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing! So each participant will receive a punch card that will cover one wine sample of each of the ten wines, plus one bonus shot - 11 wine samples for each person.

"And because they all have 'cake' in their name, it is appropriate that we serve a variety of bakery treats for pairing purposes, along with other delicious munchables, such as antipasto selections and menu tastings from hot local restaurants such as the Bonefish Grill," Balestriere says.

Every wine you put through its paces will also be available for purchase by the glass at half-price during the Battle of the Bottles.

Who will be the last wine standing?!

(OK, full disclosure -- there isn't actually a competition component to this event. In all honesty, it's a chance to sample some fine wines and good food while enjoying the company and stimulating conversation of friends and fellow wine lovers. So, in a way, we all win.)

The Tiki Bar Battle of the Bottles will be held on Friday, April 12, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the poolside Crane's BeachHouse Hotel & Tiki Bar, located at 82 Gleason St. in Delray Beach. Admission is $20 per person. You must be at least 21. Call 561-278-1700, or visit cranesbeachhouse.com. RSVP for this event to [email protected].

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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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