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Michael Jordan, member of the Court of Master Sommeliers, former president of the Beachcomber restaurant in Crystal Cove and the former wine director at Napa Rose at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, has signed on as the sommelier at the Ranch, a steakhouse and live country music venue opening this November in the new Extron Electronics building at the corner of Ball Rd. and East St. in Anaheim, according to owner Andrew Edwards.
The Ranch's website promises a cellar of 5,000 bottles, which ought to put Jordan right at home; he is well-known for giving wine classes to the waitstaff at his restaurants so that they can advise diners competently.
Edwards is also in talks with local breweries to feature Orange County beers when the restaurant opens, and is looking to add high-end mixology to the bars. Add to this staff hired from noted steakhouses from Beverly Hills to Long Beach, and the restaurant is certainly shaping up to be much more than a honky-tonk.