Last evening's dinner meeting of the Academy of Culinary Professionals took place at Angelo's and Vinci's picturesque restaurant in Fullerton. The Academy, for almost two decades, has been at the forefront of Orange County food and wine societies.
The five course dinner was accompanied by a premiere showing of Olelo wines created by well known Master Sommelier Michael Jordan. On hand to tell about the Olelo wines were two well known radio personalities, Michael Horn and Howard Price, both Sommeliers. Introducing the two radio personalities and guest sommeliers was Host Jim Woodin.
Served with the first two courses, an Amici Platter served family style, was Olelo Chardonnary, a wine of one hundred per cent Chardonnay grapes from the Central Coast. Michael Jordan first created the Olelo label wines for Disney's Aulani Resort at Ko Olina in Oahu, Hawaii.
Paired with a classic Angelo's specialty entitled Romeo & Juliet which included Tortellini and Mezzaluna was Olelo Merlot. This was a superior 2014 vintage from Paso Robles, at 14.5 per cent alcohol, with deep rich color and aroma, smooth tannins and a long finish.
For the entree, which was Pollo Parmigiana, the wine was Olelo Cabernet Sauvignon, also from Paso Robles,a 2014 vintage but with none of the high alcohol which is often found from wines in this region. Rather at 13.5 per cent alcohol this was a remarkable rich bold wine, very true to the varietal, both smooth and satisfying on the palate.
Some fifty people attended the dinner which was held in a remarkable banquet room of Angelo's and Vinci's Restaurant. The restaurant and its owner, Cynthia Peck, were singled out for special awards by the Southern California Restaurant Writers at their recently held Awards banquet.