Monterey for the Wine Enthusiast

Monterey for the Wine Enthusiast

Monterey County has become one of California’s most coveted regions for wine enthusiast from across the globe. With our moderate climate, nearby Carmel Valley as well as Salinas and Southern Monterey County makes our local region ideal for growing varietals like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Home to nearly 350 vineyards and wineries – plan your next wine country getaway here in Monterey, beginning at the Portola Hotel & Spa.

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Sip & Savor at Jacks Monterey

As a 2019 recipient for the third year running, of Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Jacks Monterey right here at the Portola Hotel & Spa features an extensive wine list offering interesting selections and a variety of wines, produced right here in Monterey County.

With both wines by the glass and bottles available, peruse their wine list featuring locally produced favorites like Joyce Vineyard’s Submarine Canyon Pinot Noir, Bernardus Monterey County Chardonnay, Scheid Reserve Claret or Carmel Road “Drew’s Blend” Pinot Noir. To view the entire list, as well as lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch menus, visit

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Puma Road on the Plaza

Taste your way through the afternoon at downtown Monterey’s, Puma Road on the Plaza. Located right outside our doors, Monterey County’s Puma Road Winery has recently opened their first tasting room on the Monterey Peninsula. Featuring their popular Bordeaux and Burgundy wines grown in the Santa Lucia Highlands and Picines AVA, as well as other varietals including cabernet and chardonnay – and even sparkling wine, let the experts at Puma Road help you make the perfect selection.

This modern tasting room hosts Tasting & Tunes on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in the evenings featuring local musicians, and is also dog friendly! Learn more at

Puma Road Tasting Room

Photo courtesy of Old Monterey

For additional information and recommendations in planning your Monterey County wine tasting experience, visit

Please drink responsibly.


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