January 30, 2011
Taylor's hosts wine event for those not into Super Bowl

By Blair Anthony Robertson, Bee Restaurant Critic

In the last 10 days, my e-mail in-box has been bombarded with recipes, products and menus tied to a certain football game. The PR machine is working overtime. The assumption: Absolutely everyone watches the Super Bowl.

Count me out. I gave up on pro football years ago - it may have had something to do with a strike and substitute players and the demise of "Air Coryell" - and rare is the Sunday when I cannot think of something better to do than watch big dudes fall into one another, call a meeting, then do it all over again, complete with code names.

Turns out, I'm not the only one who doesn't have Super Bowl fever. Richard Ebert, the wine buyer for Taylor's Market (2900 Freeport Blvd.) in the Land Park/Curtis Park section of Sacramento, knows there are plenty of folks looking for something to do while most Americans are glued to their flat screens.

Thus, the affable Ebert, who always seems to be in the wine aisle when I'm shopping, is holding a wine tasting on Super Bowl Sunday at Taylor's Kitchen, the restaurant next door.

The focus is on bubbly, suggesting there will be a selection of sparkling wines and champagnes to taste. Those in attendance are free to pick Ebert's brain about the details on what they are tasting, perhaps with an eye toward choosing the right bottle for the right occasion. Ebert, of course, is the man behind "Dick's Picks" at Taylor's, selections of wines he particularly likes.

The tasting event is $10 and there's no need to make a reservation. Just show up, pay and start sipping. It's from 2 to 5 p.m.

I've been to these kinds of events before. Best advice for the best experience: Bring a designated driver who doesn't mind sipping Sierra Mist. Better yet, if you're close enough, leave the car at home and walk to Taylor's.

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