Wine Tasting in Carmel Valley

Tucked away just 12 short miles from Highway One in Carmel, California, is Carmel Valley.  Home to some of the region’s finest boutique wineries, Carmel Valley is a hidden gem. One of the eight smaller American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in the larger Monterey County appellation, Carmel Valley is the perfect region for grape growing, in…

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A Monterey Bay Valentine’s Day Weekend

It may be cliché, but who doesn’t like a little extra romance on February 14th?! Whether it be a small token of appreciation like chocolates or something sparkly, a massage, special dinner or even a getaway –  I don’t know about you, but I sure wouldn’t turn it down! Well, here at the Portola Hotel…

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Sovino Guest Blog by Claire Sutton – Proprietor & Sommelier

  Sovino Wine Bar’s purpose has always been simple: to make wine enjoyable for the novice wine drinker or the expert sommelier and everyone in between. It doesn’t matter how many points something scored, which wine critic said what, or what varietal is in fashion.  Sweet or dry, tannic or fruity, we want everyone to drink…

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Guest Blog Post from Chef Andrew Hunter

The secret to finding an awesome restaurant By Chef Andrew Hunter Here’s a little-known secret among professional chefs and foodies for discovering a great restaurant.  Start by ordering the turkey sandwich. The all-time lunch favorite is the best indication about the care and passion a restaurant owner or chef puts into creating a memorable eating experience. Simply put,…

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Sip & Savor Your Way through Thanksgiving Dinner

With Thanksgiving being just days away, the prepping and cooking has begun. From grocery shopping to ordering specialty desserts and treats, Thanksgiving dinner is a time to sip, savor and enjoy every moment. With a little help from Peter Radler, Manager at Jacks Restaurant & Lounge and Peter B’s Brewpub’s Brewmaster, Kevin Clark, we have…

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Let’s Raise a Glass

Sophisticated elegance, yet warm and inviting is what you get when you walk into Jacks Restaurant & Lounge here at the Portola Hotel & Spa. With an impressive menu featuring starters and entrees from the water, land and ranch, Chef Jason Giles has designed a menu that features locally sourced, fresh ingredients from all around…

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The Experience of Wine

Guest Post by Sonny Petersson, Director of Food & Beverage, Portola Hotel & Spa Before writing this blog I was asked to write about my favorite wine, but found that it would be impossible to do that. For me, wine depends on so many things. It can be the location of where I am at,…

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WISH YOU WERE HERE – Springtime VACATION deals at the Portola!

There’s no better time to getaway than the Spring in Monterey!  With moderate temperatures, wildflowers in full bloom and endless outdoor activities, your perfect Monterey Bay vacation is just a click away!  The Portola Hotel & Spa has just released their new seasonal packages, and trust me, the fresh coastal air and relaxed atmosphere, is…

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Come On Get Happy

The Portola Hotel & Spa and its two dining hot spots, Jacks Restaurant & Lounge and Peter B’s Brewpub have always been known for innovation. Whether it is achieving LEED®-EB certification for the hotel’s commitment to environmental stewardship, Jacks focus on sustainable and locally sourced ingredients or Peter B’s creative on-site craft brewery, there is…

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