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Monterey, CA – July 24, 2017 – Jacks Monterey, new lobby restaurant located within the Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey, CA has been awarded the Wine Spectator’s 2017 Award of Excellence for its wine program.

Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

The Award of Excellence is Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards’ top honor, in which a restaurant offers at least 90 selections, features a well-chosen assortment of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.

“We are very honored to have received the 2017 Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence,” said Brian Hein, Portola Hotel & Spa’s Food and Beverage Director. “This award shows that our wine list is not only diverse with a variety of selections but is also designed to accommodate the most discriminating connoisseurs’ palate while simultaneously satisfying all wine lovers.”

The wine selection at Jacks Monterey includes an impressive selection of wines with 30% being local, Monterey County Wines including Top Tier Wines such as Hahn Chardonnay and Boegenoogen Pinot Noir all served by the glass. Jacks Monterey offers wine on draft from 10SPAN Vineyards including their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. 10SPAN supports the Ventana Wildlife Society’s mission to conserve the native wildlife and habitats of California’s Central Coast.

Portola Hotel & Spa opened its new restaurant and lobby bar, Jacks Monterey earlier this year, at the culmination of its $6 million dollar lobby renovation. In its entirely reimagined new space located in the Portola's lower lobby, Jacks Monterey continues to be a leader in its diverse wine program highlighting different flavor profiles to cultures from around the world.