Every Hill staffer has a reception rating system. Will there be food? Add 5 points  Drinks? 5 more. Speechifying? Subtract 10. On Wednesday night at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America’s 13th annual “Toast to Congress,” the bar took center stage, the ethics-approved finger food flowed freely (bacon on a stick, anyone?) and there were no talking points coming from the mic, only live renditions of early ’90s hits. So, of course, the party put on by the trade organization for the wine and spirits industry consistently scores pretty high among even the most senior House and Senate staffers for whom the reception circuit is nothing new. “This is the definitely the best all year,” one communications director told us. “What’s not to like?”

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