Here we are, on the cusp of February, settling into the New Year and looking forward to the longer days, perhaps a bit more rain, and the promise of Spring on the way!

February 4th is Superbowl Sunday.  While we would love to be here to serve you lunch or dinner on that day, we have discovered that it really isn’t practical for us.  So many people like to go so Superbowl Parties, even if they don’t watch football…they just like to get together for all of the hooplah!  So, we now close the restaurant on Superbowl Sunday, and join in the festivities with friends and neighbors.

February 14th is Valentine’s Day.  Our tradition since 2004 has been to put on a Winemaker Dinner with Elliott and Sherrie from Busby Cellars.  We enjoy this annual event, and are happy to offer a wonderful opportunity for you to be able to spend a great evening of fine food & wine, without having to drive very far.  We have a scant few seats left at the tables, and 6 seats left at the bar (late cancellation), so call this week if you would like to try  to join us.  The cost is $70.00 per person, which is inclusive of food, wine, tax and gratuity.  For more information, call Mary at (530) 626-4042.

February 18th is Presidents Day.  For many of you folks, this will give you a 3-day weekend.   We highly recommend that you make Gold Vine Grill a “Must Do” on your holiday weekend list.

Wine Watch: 

Lodi Wine & Chocolate Festival:  February 10th & 11th  

Looking for something really fun and maybe a little bit different to do for a weekend?  Why not try the Lodi Wine & Chocolate Festival?  Lodi has come a very long way since the days of  their reputation as a “bulk wine” producer, or the classic “Stuck in Lodi” tune. They have a pretty “hip” downtown area, with tasting rooms and restaurants within a convenient walking distance.  See below for ticket purchase information:


Tickets may be purchased via the following means:

  • Online: Deadline: Friday, February 9, 11:59pm. (*Please note: Tickets ordered online by 5:00pm PST on February 2 will be mailed to you. Tickets ordered online after 5:00pm PST on February 2 will be held for you at Will Call. Will Call tickets may be picked up on either Saturday or Sunday, February 10 or 11, beginning at 10:00am.
  • Phone: By calling the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center at 209.365.0621. Deadline: Friday, February 9, 5:00pm. (*Please note: Tickets ordered by phone by 5:00pm PST on February 2 will be mailed to you. Tickets ordered by phone after 5:00pm PST on February 3 will be held for you at Will Call. Will Call tickets may be picked up on either Saturday or Sunday, February 10 or 11, beginning at 10:00am.
  • Walk-In: By visiting the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center at 2545 W. Turner Road. Deadline: Friday, February 9, 5:00pm.
  • Day-Of: During the event (either day) at any participating winery. No deadline.

Go on, try a new adventure and have some fun in Lodi!                     

 Gold Vine Grill’s very popular “12 @ 6″ Winemaker Dinners” are set to return in March.  We’ll keep you posted on our winemaker for next month.     These are typically held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, and we are excited to return to them soon!


Burger Night: Every Wednesday night is Burger Night! In addition to our regular fabulous dinners, you can order any of our great Burgers on Wednesday Nights!

Thursday night special is Pasta Night

Steak & Lobster every Friday and Saturday Night. 

Picnic Box Lunches available for your wine tasting adventure!
Planning a picnic and a trip to the tasting rooms? Call us 24 hours in advance, and we’ll prepare picnic box lunches for you.

Gold Vine Grill now features a “gluten free” dinner menu w/ several selections.  Ask your server for details.


Happy New Year Everyone!

Well, I have effectively failed at any resolution to be on time with my newsletter…so sorry!  It took me a few days to recover from the hooplah of the Holiday Season, and a few more days before I realized that I hadn’t updated my newsletter yet!  So, I guess all I can say is “Better late than never!”

There really isn’t a tremendous amount of events or activities in January to report on.  I would like to say that we had one heck of a great Holiday Open House in December.  It may have been one of my favorite so far!  We enjoyed the attendance of many, many friends and neighbors, as everyone enjoyed the complimentary wines from Cedarville Vineyards, Busby Cellars and Bechard Vineyards.  We put out a spread of great appetizers, and Tamra Godey volunteered her lovely vocal talents to the mix.  A very good time was had by all!  Thanks for helping us to enter into year 15 here at the Grill.  Pics from this event and New Year’s Eve are available at the “Events” link.

New Year’s Eve was also a wonderful time.  Our first seating guests were really party dogs!  They were having noise-maker wars between tables, and really were heavily into the spirit of the party!!  It was quite a celebration!  Our 2nd seating guests were noticably a bit more calm, which could be due to having to wait until 8:30 PM to have their meal.  But we enjoyed it all and hope all of the attendees did as well.  Chef Greg out did himself again with a fabulous menu to pair with all of the great wine.

Martin Luther King Day is Monday, January 15th.  While we are not open on Monday, we hope that many of you will take advantage of the Holiday weekend to get out and about, and make a point to get to the Gold Vine Grill!

Wine WatchElement 79  

This is a brand new couple coming to Fair Play to open a tasting room.  Element 70 refers to Gold on the periodic table.  Husband & Wife, Les and Sharon Hanson are the proprietors, and will be opening very soon.  They are both from North Dakota, with serious roots in the farming industry.  Les’ professional background was in the Insurance industry, while Sharon has a background in the Hospitality industry, which makes her a natural for a tasting room environment.  Their winemaker is Scott Johnson, who also is winemaker for Perry Creek winery.  Look for their tasting room to open soon…they are located on Perry Creek Road, just past Toogood Winery.

Our friends at Red Poets Tasting Room are moving their tasting facility from just around our corner on Mount Aukum Rd. to Camino.  They will be opening in the site formerly occupied by Chateau duVal, near the Snowline Hospice on Carson Road.  They are building a facility here in Fair Play, where they have planted a vineyard off of Idyllwild Rd.  During the construction phase, you can enjoy their lovely wines at their Camino location.

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching!  We have scant few seats left for our Winemaker Dinner with Busby Cellars.  This is a 4 Course Dinner that begins at 6 PM.  This is a single seating dinner, with the price set at $70.00 per person, which includes all food, wine, tax and gratuity.  Call Mary very soon if you would like to make reservations.

Gold Vine Grill’s Chef Greg has decided that we will be moving Fish & Chips to Fridays, and now have Pasta Night on Thursdays.  Be sure to ask what our Pasta Specials are on Thursday Nights!

That’s it for January!  Come and see us soon!



Ho Ho Ho!! Here we Go!  The countdown is on to December 25th.  In these fast-moving festive days, it is so easy to over-do, so try to take some time to relax every now and then to get together with family and friends…or just take a little time for yourself.  Come see us at the Gold Vine Grill, and give yourself a little break…You deserve it!

The Holiday Season can be pretty tough on our local businesses, as so many people shop downtown or in Folsom.  Please remember that we are here for your holiday parties (lunches or dinners), or we can cater a holiday party for you.  Or…you can just shop on-line while you are enjoying a great meal from the Gold Vine.   Better yet…why not gift your friends and family with a Gift Certificate from the Gold Vine Grill and/or a bottle of fabulous local wine?  Who wouldn’t love that?  And while Buck’s Bar is closed for a small stretch…just drive around Pleasant Valley Road…we’re worth it!

Our new menu is going over really well with all of you, and  we welcome your input and opinions.   Please realize that when we make a new menu, some things have to go.  Many people have expressed their lament over the absence of the Smoked Salmon Quesadilla from this menu.  We hear you, and rest assured, that item will likely reappear on our next menu.  There are also some items from the past menu that we can still prepare if you are really missing them.  Greg can still prepare Chicken Marsala or Chicken Picatta, as well as the Blackened or Grilled Salmon Filet with his great Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. It’s always challenging to add new items to the menu, because we know it “rocks the boat”.  On the other hand, it’s always good to have something fresh and new to try…right?

Sunday, December 3rd will be our 15th Annual Downtown Somerset Holiday Open House.  I had some confusion over which anniversary this actually was, so I just had to do the math.  We opened on November 29th, 2003, so we are now officially in our 15th year!  Please join us for our Open House as we celebrate 15 years in business with complimentary food, wine and music from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM.  This is always a fun and festive time, so try to take a little break from the hustle and bustle, and raise a glass with your family & friends.

Just 9 days later, I will be turning 65!!  What?? How did this happen?!  It doesn’t seem like that long ago that we were celebrating my 60th birthday at the Norgaard’s on 12/12/12.  Truthfully, I’m grateful to actually be here to celebrate this milestone.  It’s hard to believe that age is here, but the Medicare mailings are assuring me that it really is!

We are filling up quickly for our New Year’s Eve 5-Course Gala Wine Paired Dinners.  We feature 2 seatings, the first from 5-7:30 PM, and the 2nd from 8:30-???  Check out the “Events” link to see the menu.  We feature 5 courses of great gourmet food, each paired with great hand-selected wines. Dinners are $75.00 per person for the first seating, and $85.00 per person for the 2nd seating (2nd seating includes a sparkling toast at the end of the evening).  Prices include all food, wine, tax and gratuity.  This is an awesome way to have a lovely New Year’s Eve meal without the hassle of driving to Placerville or Sacramento.  It is always a sell-out, so call soon.  This event is reservation only.

Please remember at this time of fun and festivities, that many of us have friends or family that are struggling with challenges.  Sometimes the holidays are the hardest times for those who are dealing with troubling issues, and a kind thought or word always means so much.


Burger Night: Every Wednesday night is Burger Night! In addition to our regular fabulous dinners, you can order any of our great Burgers on Wednesday Nights!

Thursday night special is Fresh Cod Fish & Chips

Steak & Lobster every Friday and Saturday Night. 

Picnic Box Lunches available for your wine tasting adventure!
Planning a picnic and a trip to the tasting rooms? Call us 24 hours in advance, and we’ll prepare picnic box lunches for you.

Gold Vine Grill now features a “gluten free” dinner menu w/ several selections.  Ask your server for details.

The Holidays are upon us!  Even though it’s early November, time will certainly fly right into and through the Holiday Season, as it does each year.  As we watch the leaves turn color and fall from the trees, and as the winemakers wind up this year’s grape harvest, we have a little time to plan for the next couple of months.

At the Gold Vine Grill, we have 2 new things going on.  Many of you have tried our “Thirsty Thursdays”, when we offer 2 varietals of red wine and 2 varietals of white wine for just $5.00.  This is offered every Thursday.  Also, Sunday evenings, we now offer live original acoustic music from Tamra Godey from 5PM-7PM.  Sundays are also “Corkage Free” Nights, so that’s a double whammy great time!

The new menu has lots of fans eating some of Chef Greg’s latest creations.  If you haven’t been in yet to try the Chile Relleno del Mar (with Shrimp & Crab), served w/ Tomatillo Salsa, you’d better get on over pretty soon!  The Mahi Mahi Street Tacos are also a hit.  There are quite a few new items on this menu, and reviews have been very favorable.

While you are making plans for the holidays, remember that Gold Vine Grill is in the Catering business again.  So if you want to bring an office party in for lunch or dinner, we’ll be happy to acommodate you.  We will open for a lunch group for groups of 12 or more on the days that we are normally closed.  We will also be happy to cater a holiday dinner at your business or home.  Please call us well in advance, and let us help make your holiday party the best!

Gold Vine Grill is turning 14 years old this month.  Can you believe it?  It is hard to believe we have been here that long.  It has definitely been a long and winding road, and we are thrilled to be here as your neighbors and friends.  We opened on November 29th of 2003.  We’ve watched many of you raise your small children to become great young adults.  Be sure to come around this month and help us to keep on going to 15 years!

Since our 15th Annual Downtown Somerset Holiday Open House is so early in December, I think we should get the word out now!  We will open our doors to all of you on Sunday, Dec. 3rd from 2:00-4:30.  Local winemakers will offer their wines complimentary during that time, and we’ll have some great appetizers and desserts on a  buffet for your enjoyment.  With live music, and singing Holiday favorite songs, it is always a great time.  We definitely want to see you all there!

Also, it’s never too early to make reservations for our New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner.  We serve a 5-Course Wine Paired dinner…tables are formally set, and the evening is always great fun.  We have 2 seatings available:  5:00 and 8:30.  This is a pre set menu, with each course paired with a lovely wine.  Per person cost will include all food, wine, tax & gratuity.  We are already getting booked, so don’t wait until the last minute..,call soon for your reservation.  Wine bar seats also available.

Remember, during your holiday shopping adventures to “Keep it Local”.  Any of our Fair Play Wines would be a lovely gift, as well as a gift certificat to the Gold Vine Grill.  You don’t have to go far to give a great gift!

Burger Night: Every Wednesday night is Burger Night! In addition to our regular fabulous dinners, you can order any of our great Burgers on Wednesday Nights!

Thursday night special is Fresh Cod Fish & Chips

Steak & Lobster every Friday and Saturday Night. 

Picnic Box Lunches available for your wine tasting adventure!
Planning a picnic and a trip to the tasting rooms? Call us 24 hours in advance, and we’ll prepare picnic box lunches for you.

Gold Vine Grill now features a “gluten free” dinner menu w/ several selections.  Ask your server for details.




It’s Harvest Season in the Wine Country, and the Grapes are comin’ off the vine.  What will this vintage bring us??  We’ll have to remember a few years down the line when the reds are being released what a wet winter & hot summer we had this year, and how those weather extremes may affect the wine. 

 I just returned from 4 days in Cambria, where we usually have an annual get-together with my siblings.  September is almost always some of the best weather of the year on the Central Coast, and this year lived up to the expectations!  If you’ve never been there, and appreciate a lot of artisitic energy, gorgeous ocean views on a rugged coastline, great hiking trails, biking trails and/or just peaceful times by the sea, I highly recommend the Cambria area.  It is just 24 miles west of Paso Robles on the beautiful Hwy 1, just a few miles south of San Simeon. 

 We are literally days away from releasing our new Dinner Menu.  I’m waiting for Greg to get the last few food items in, and to get the new menu covers, and we will be offering our new delicioius dishes.  Of course, we don’t change the entire menu, as we know this might cause a local panic (especially where Calamari Dore and Ginger Shrimp Ravioli are concerned), but please do realize that when we put new items on the menu, some other items come off.  So, What’s New?  Well, for starters, we are joining w/ Olivier’s Butcher Shop to offer you some great meat selections.  We have tried a few of the new menu items out as specials, and they have been very well received.  We’ve had to tweak a couple of things to make them just right, so we feel pretty confident with our new items.  As far as small plates go, we will be offering Mahi Mahi Street Tacos, Chile Rellano Del Mar (with Crab & Shrimp), & Margherita Flatbread.   

New Dinner items will include a 14 oz. Dri-aged grass-fed Rib-Eye Steak, served w/ Chef Greg’s house made steak sauce on the side. (you can always request the Cabernet Mushroom Demi Glaze if you’d like.)  Somerset Broil, w/ a Sauce Diablo…an old “fave” with a new twist…Mediterranean Chicken Roulade, breaded and filled w/ Fennel, Leek and Olive Tepenade…Chicken Saltimbocca…Portobella Stack and a Gnocci w/ Walnut Pesto.  Please come in soon and try our great new items!  We should be on board by Friday, October 6th. 

Have you been coming in on Sunday evenings for dinner and enjoyed our new live acousic music?  Tamra Godey is with us from 5:30-7:30 on Sunday evenings playing original acoustic tunes for your listening pleasure.  It’s also corkage free night!  Please note**when the time changes, music will be featured from 5  to 7 PM.  

On Wednesday, October 18th, we will be pairing up with Paul from Madrona Vineyards for our monthly “12 @ 6” dinner.  This is a 4-course Wine paired meal for just $55.00 per person, with tax & gratuity included.  This will be the last “12 @ 6” of the season, so please make reservations soon!   

Come in and try our new  “Thirsty Thursdays”, when we offer four different wines for just $5.00 per glass.  This is a great way to check out some local wines that you may not be familiar with.  Meanwhile, remember that we still have our Happy Hour at the Wine Bar every day from 3-6 PM, where you can purcase a small plate for the menu price, and add a flight of 4 wines for just $5.00.


Wednesday Nights:  Burger Night

Thursday Nights:  Fish & Chips and Thirsty Thursday

Friday & Saturday Night:  Steak & Lobster

Sundays :  Live Music / Corkage Free!

Call us for take out food day or night. 

We would love to assist you w/ your catering needs.


Remember 5 or 6 months ago when we prayed for the rain to stop?   That sort of seems like a distant memory now, and I think we would all be grateful for a little rain.  We are very happy to welcome the month of August, as July got a bit challenging in more ways than one!  Let’s see…about 3 weeks ago, our a/c system at the Grill suddenly stopped working, and we were going into a 104-105 degree weekend!  It took about 10 days to get it serviced, as many a/c techs are swamped.  So, finally we got it repaired, and 2 days later, it went out again, and what else?  Oh yeah, the well went out too, so we had no water!  Well, it’s all better now, and we have a break in the weather, so let’s hope for the best!

I want to express our sincere gratitude to all of our customers who stayed with us during the challenging days of no a/c.  You are wonderful people, and we really appreciate you…and a special thanks to Kelley & Jeff, Scot & Janet and Jim & Sandy who just came to us offering portable a/c’s and fans.   We made it through because of you.  That’s what this community is all about, isn’t it?

We are really looking forward to our “12 @ 6” dinner this month.  Normally we have them on the third  Wednesday of the month, but this month we have to change the timing to a bit later in the month.  We will be teaming up with John & Cindy Miller from MV Vineyards.  John has some of the best wines around, and some impressive award winners, so this dinner is sure to be one of the best!  This is a 4-Course wine paired meal.  The cost is $55.00 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity.  Call for reservations soon, as this is sure to be a sell-out. 626-4042

Wine Watch:  We have been serving Pinot Noir from E-16 Wine Company for a few years now, and are thrilled that Robert Jones has now opened a new beautiful tasting room in Fair Play.  The tasting room is located on the property formerly occupied by the Winery by the Creek.  Robert has completely remodeled the interior,  and it is impressive.  It’s cool, it’s classy and it’s comfortable.  Get on over there & find out for yourselves!

Remember that we feature the original tunes of Tamra Godey on Sunday eventings at the Gold Vine from 5:30 – 7:30.  Tamra has a golden voice and plays the acoustic guitar beautifully.

There is a new pizza place in the area, located on the corner of Buck’s Bar & Pleasant Valley Road.  Greg & I went last Sunday, and enjoyed the outdoor patio dining w/ Tina & Randy from Saluti Cellars.  We chatted w/ the owner for a while at the end of the evening.  He’s put so much heart & soul into that Little Italian Place, and is working so hard to make it just right.  Many of you know that the next day, someone broke in and took some register equipment from there, and I’m not exactly sure of anything else, but it caused them to close only a little after a week of opening.  Hopefully, the chump that broke in will be caught, if he hasn’t already been.  But the reason I’m mentioning this is that I think it would be good if we all showed our support to this young family man who is just trying to make a living and add something enjoyable to our community.  So, maybe the next time you drive by..stop in and make a purchase, or meet some friends there, or take a meal home.  We all need to support each other out here.

Well, there isn’t too much more happening in August here, so just remember to come on by to see your old friends at the Gold Vine Grill, and let us take care of you.


Wednesday Nights:  Burger Night

Thursday Nights:  Fish & Chips (except this Thursday, when we’ll have Fish Tacos!)

Friday & Saturday Nights:  Steak & Lobster

Sundays all Day & Night:  Corkage Free!

Call us for take out food day or night.



Happy Independence Day to All!  It looks like we’re going to have a pretty mellow day weather-wise, so get together with friends/family to celebrate the 4th of July.  Please remember to be safe! By the way,  Gold Vine Grill will be closed on the 4th.

It has been great having Mount Aukum Road open again, hasn’t it?  We are so happy to see some of our customers who had felt a bit “cut off” from Somerset by the road closure.  If you haven’t made it back yet…come on over!  We’ll make you a great meal that will definitely be worth the trip.

Wednesday, July 19th, we will be joining up with Sierra Vista Winery for our “12 @ 6” Wine Paired Dinner.  This dinner is a four course wine-paired meal.  Cost of the meal is just $55.00 per person.  Seating is limited to 12 people, and reservations are required, so make your reservations soon!

If you haven’t yet made it over to the Red Poets Tasting Patio for one of the “Friday Night Wine Downs”,  be sure to get on over and check it out!  Every Friday during the summer months, Gold Vine Grill is teaming up with Charlie & Renee, owners of Red Poets to offer a relaxing evening on their tasting patio, with food, wine and live music from 5 PM until 7:30 PM.  Charlie & Renee have reduced the prices of their outstanding wines appreciably for these events, so don’t miss the opportunity to get in on the fun!

Wine Watch:

We have recently begun to serve Sentivo Vineyard’s Sparkling Brut by the glass or by the bottle at the Gold Vine Grill.  Who doesn’t enjoy a little bubbly on a hot summer day?  This sparkling wine is made from premium Sonoma county grapes in the Methode Champenoise.  It offers hints of pear & citrus…perfect for sipping on any day.  And now you can get it at Gold Vine Grill…ahhh…the good life!

Music is back at Gold Vine Grill every Sunday evening from 5:30-7:30.  Tamra Godey is co-ordinating the artists, and we  think you’ll enjoy relaxing and listening to some great acoustic tunes while enjoying your dinner.  Remember, Sundays are also “corkage free”, so grab a bottle and make it to the Gold Vine on Sundays.

Have a great July everyone…get out & enjoy the summer, be safe, and always remember to get on over to see your friends at Gold Vine Grill.


Wednesday Nights:  Burger Night

Thursday Nights:  Fish & Chips (except this Thursday, when we’ll have Fish Tacos!)

Friday & Saturday Nights:  Steak & Lobster

Sundays all Day & Night:  Corkage Free!

Call us for take out food day or night.

Check out our Facebook Page for the Cheesecake flavor of the week!

Contact us regarding your catering needs for your special event

Well, before we get into what’s going on in June, let me say “whew”!  Between Mother’s Day, Memorial Day Weekend, and Chef Greg’s 60th Birthday all happening in 2 weeks time, I have to say, it was all fun good and busy.  We had a fabulous month of business in May, which of course is just what we always want! As the saying goes “when you’re busy…you’re busy”  held true, and this week is a week to catch our breath and get ready for summer.

If you haven’t come to the Friday Night Wine Down by the Fire event at Red Poets Tasting Room Patio, you really need to get on over to share in the community gathering with great wines by Red Poets, great food from the Gold Vine, and great music by local musicians!  I’m telling you, this is a really good way to spend a Friday evening.  Charlie & Renee (owners of Red Poets) could tell from the first gathering that more seating and some umbrellas would be needed for the summer, and that is now done!  The event is from 5-7:30 on Friday evenings.  The address is 5951 Mount Aukum Rd. (just around the corner from the Grill).  For more information, call Charlie or Renee at (530) 405-3639, or call Mary at the Gold Vine Grill.

Starting June 4th, The Gold Vine Grill will be featuring live acoustic music from 5:30 – 7:30, with  the lovely sounds of Tamra Godey.  What a great way to spend a Sunday evening…and…Sunday’s are corkage free!  So bring a bottle of wine, have some great food, and relax and listen to some good music.

On Wednesday, June 21st, don’t miss this “12 @ 6” Dinner!  We’ll be joining with Frank & Tina from Narrow Gate Vineyards to bring you a 4-Course Wine Paired Meal. Dinner starts at 6:00, and seating is limited to 12 guests and the winemakers. Dinner is $55.00 per person, which includes all food, wine, tax & gratuity.   These dinners are always a hit, so make your reservations soon!  Call Mary at (530) 626-4042.

Sunday, June 18th is Father’s Day  You know that Chef Greg is going to prepare something really special for all of you, so get Dad away from the BBQ or off of the couch, and treat him to something he’ll truly enjoy…a meal at the Gold Vine Grill.

Our Wine Recommendation for this Month is the Sentivo Vineyards  Sparkling Brut which we are proud to be offering on our list by the glass or by the bottle!  Don’t you just really want a lovely glass of bubbly on a warm summer’s day or evening (or anytime)?  We are happy to be able to offer this at the Gold Vine Grill.  Cheers!

 Chef Greg’s Recipe Corner:

Caesar Salad Dressing                             Yield: 1 Qt.

Ingredients:                                                   Amount:

Mix Together:

Egg yolks, beaten                                          3

Warm water                                                  2 oz.

Add & Mix Well:

Dijon mustard                                               2 tsp

Garlic, minced                                              1/3 Cup

Anchovy, minced                                          2 Can

Worchesershire                                             3 Tbsp

Tobasco                                                          2 tsp

Lemon juice                                                   1 oz.

Salt, kosher                                                    1 Tbsp

Black Pepper, table grind                            1 tsp

 Canola oil                                                      4 Cups

Olive oil blend                                               2 Cups

Red wine vinegar                                          ¾ Cup

Grated parmesan cheese                              ¾ Cup


With  mixer running at med/med high speed:Add oils extra slowly to start, then in a slow streamIncorporate vinegar at intervals, then finish with parmesan cheese



Wednesday Nights:  Burger Night

Thursday Nights:  Fish & Chips (except this Thursday, when we’ll have Fish Tacos!)

Friday & Saturday Nights:  Steak & Lobster

Sundays all Day & Night:  Corkage Free!

Call us for take out food day or night.

Check out our Facebook Page for the Cheesecake flavor of the week!

Contact us regarding your catering needs for your special event




Friday, May 5th:  Cinco de Mayo!!!

Bring your family & friends to the Gold Vine Grill this Friday, May 5th for some “South of the Border” specialties from Chef Greg.  He will be offering Jalapeno Poppers and Snapper Acapulco!

Sunday, May 14th:  On Mother’s Day, Gold Vine Grill is offering a delicious Brunch menu as well as our regular great lunch menu.  Brunch/lunch will be served from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  Brunch items will include:

Eggs Benedict or Eggs Florentine

Chicken & Mushroom Crepes

Grilled Salmon Filet w/ Fresh Mango Chutney

Filet Mignon Steak & Eggs

Seafood Vol au Vent

*And don’t forget…Mimosas!

Please make reservations in advance.

We will also be serving dinner that evening, and recommend reservations for that meal as well.



Gold Vine Grill

Easter Brunch Menu

All Brunch Specials are Served w/ Country Roasted Potatoes ,

Fresh Fruit and Baked Breads & Muffins

 Classic Eggs Benedict:  Two Poached Eggs atop English

Muffin & CanadianBacon, served w/ House Made Hollandaise                      $14.50

 Eggs Florentine:  Two Poached Eggs atop English Muffin w/ 

Fresh Spinach & House Made Hollandaise                                                         $13.50

 Flame-Broiled 6 0z. Filet Mignon topped w/ Mushroom

Cabernet Demi & Eggs any Style                                                             $18.95

 Seafood Vol au Vent: Fresh Salmon, Shrip & Scallops w/a Silky 

Seafood Veloutè  in a  Puff  Pastry Cup                                                  $16.95

 Chicken & Mushroom Crepes:   House Made Crepes filled w/ Chicken and Mushrooms in a White Wine Fresh Herb  Cream        $14.95                     

Grilled Salmon Filet topped w/ a Fresh Mango Chutney            $15.95

 Enjoy a Mimosa w/ your  meal                                                                  $6.50



Oh what an absolute pleasure to experience the warmth of Spring…the longer days…the wildflowers popping up to bring us a smile…it’s all GREAT!  Maybe you can’t tell from my blogs, but I’m not a huge fan of cold, wet weather, short daylight days and the need for heavy clothing at almost all times.  I’m a Spring and Summer girl, and my heart just jumps for joy when Spring gets here.  I think most of us were ready for the winter to be over this year.  Spring always reminds me of a time of rejuvenation, of joy and hope.  It’s a wonderful time to look forward to what we will plant in our vegetable gardens, what improvements we will do to our homes, and maybe even what kind of summer get-a-way we might plan with friends and/or family.  And with the longer days, of course, it’s the perfect time to make a little jaunt up to Somerset and visit us at the Gold Vine Grill!

We will be celebrating Easter Sunday this year on April 16th by adding a lovely brunch menu on to our regular luncheon menu.  Greg really makes great Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine, Chicken & Mushroom Crepes, Seafood Vol au Vent, Grilled Salmon Filet and more!  We will serve house made breakfast potatoes and fresh fruit w/ brunch, and of course mimosas will be available!  We will also be serving from our regular lunch menu, so whether you want to have a quick lunch on your way to wine tasting, or you want to linger over a relaxing brunch, we will be able to serve you!  Brunch will be served from 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM

We can’t forget that this is the time of year when many of the wineries of El Dorado County open their doors with great wines, live music and fun foods for Passport Weekends.  This year the weekends are at the end of April, so let’s all hope for good weather for BOTH weekends!  The events will be held on April 22nd & 23rd, and then again on April 29th & 30th.  For ticket purchase and more information, check out the website at

Wine Watch:      

Perhaps you have noticed that there’s action going on in the Fair Play area…specifically in the area of the Winery by the Creek and the Pub at Fair Play.  Well, there’s a new guy in town, who, is actually not so new!  Have you met Robert Jones yet?  Have you tasted his wines?  Some of you “old timers” might remember a tasting room called “Firefall”, which was located right around the corner from Gold Vine Grill, where currently the “Red Poet” tasting room is located.  Robert left the area but retained his local vineyards.  Robert’s grapes come from many premier wine growing regions in California.  Robert returned to the area a while ago, with the intention of re-settling here, getting a tasting room opened and being a local!  Just about then, area celebrity wine maker Charles Mitchell was selling his property in Fair Play, including the property that the Winery by the Creek was located on, as well as the Pub at Fair Play property.  Robert scooped up both, and should be opening his tasting room doors any day!  The restaurant is still being run by the current owners, but Robert and his team are bringing something new (er) to our beautiful Somerset/Fair Play area.   Robert’s E-16 Pinot Noir is currently proudly being served at the Gold Vine Grill.  Make sure you get in to try it soon!

Chef Greg’s Recipe Corner:

Macaroni & Cheese w/ Jalapeño & Applewood Smoked Bacon

Yield:  1 Serving

Ingredient                                                                       Amount

Dried Macaroni Elbows                                            1.5 – 2 Cups

White Wine Sauce                                                        8 oz.

Chicken Stock                                                                1 oz.

Heavy Cream                                                                  1 oz.

Cheddar Cheese                                                            4-5 oz. grated

Jalapeno (roasted, chopped)                                   1 Tbsp                 

Applewood Smoked Bacon (chopped)                 1 Slice

Salt & Pepper                                                                    to taste


Pre-cook macaroni elbows as directed on package

Heat white wine sauce, chicken stock & cream until barely boiling.  Reduce heat slightly to thicken a bit.  Add bacon & cheese and stir while cheese melts.  Reduce to med-low.  Add cooked macaroni, then jalapeño & bacon.  Finish w/ toasted bread crumbs or toasted panko if desired.


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