Archive for June, 2012

Monterey Wine Festival

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
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Who doesn’t love wine? There are many different varieties, tastes and flavors. It’s been around for centuries, fits almost any occasion and has been the central character in countless movies. We serve it at our most important occasions and are a part of cultures worldwide. Most importantly, they have entire festivals dedicated to the mighty grape. In the foodie centric times we are in, the wine festival of old has become more than just a few local vintners getting together for some fun. Multiple wineries and culinary vendors are now the norm and the Monterey Wine Festival is no different (and that is a good thing)!

In its 36th year, the Monterey Wine Festival boasts wineries and a host of other participants over two days, June 8th – 9th 2012, at Monterey’s Custom House Plaza. Want more? Then how about the Bartender’s Fedora Cocktail Throw Down, June 9th at 2pm and from Noon to 3pm the return of the West Coast Chowder Competition? The Portola Hotel & Spa’s very own Executive Chef, Jason Giles will be touting his unique take of the American staple in the Seafood Chowder category. The festival will also feature an evening of indulgence at the Night to Celebrate Reds June 8th from 5pm to 9pm and the blind taste competition where Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded. For more information log onto


Peter B’s Brewpub

Friday, June 1st, 2012
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One of the best trends to hit the U.S. since skinny jeans is the rise of the craft brewery. Sure, bottled micro brews have been around for a while, but many of those have been snatched up by the bigger producers or are simply carbon copies of each other with different packaging. The true art of craft beer starts with the brewer and no one is doing it better on the Monterey Peninsula than Brewer Kevin Clark at Peter B’s Brewpub located behind the Portola Hotel & Spa.

Bright, comfortable and unadorned with the typical pub/sports bar decor, Peter B’s Brewpub gives you a familiar feeling even if it is your first visit. The service is smooth and knowledgeable, but it is the fare that really impresses. Their beer is brewed on site and Clark mixes and melds like a mad scientist creating some unique seasonal choices and time tested favorites. What’s better, is the staff pairs these offerings with their eclectic line up of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrees some created with the very beer brewed, just a few feet away!

Peter B’s Brewpub offers 15 high definition TV’s so you can catch the game or event of your choice, Buzztime Interactive Gaming to play with friends or enjoy the dog-friendly patio just steps from Monterey’s Historic Custom House Plaza. It’s large enough for a group of friends to gather, but intimate enough to have a quiet business lunch. Wine’s little brother beer is all grown up and has planted the Craft Brewery flag at Peter B’s Brewpub at behind the Portola Hotel & Spa.

Cool fact: The Portola Hotel & Spa is the only independent hotel in the U.S. to house their very own craft brewery!