Well, Good-bye to February, with an overall great month of business, meeting new residents, and enjoying our local favorite customers as well.
Thanks to all who participated in our Valentine’s Winemaker Dinner w/ Busby Cellars. This is an annual event, and this year’s dinner was absolutely fabulous! We were sold out by mid-January, so next year, be sure to book early!
The food and the wine were paired beautifully, and a very good time was had by all.
This March, one of my goals is to revitalize our lunch business. During my absence in late 2013 and early 2014, we closed for lunches, and re-opened last February. It’s been a bit of an uphill struggle, so we reach out to all of you to make a plan to visit us for lunch this month…tell a friend about us, or come with friends for a delicious lunch meal. We serve lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM until 3 PM. Thanks!
For you basketball fans, March Madness College play-off games will be shown at the Grill, and we’ll get Chef Greg to prepare some delightful specials for you to enjoy while cheering for your favorite team.
This coming weekend will be the “Behind the Cellar Door” event in Amador County. We will be supplying the food for the event at c.g. di Arie tasting room on Saturday & Sunday.
Oakstone Winery will be celebrating their 18th Anniversary on March 14th & 15th. Come to the Grill and have a great LUNCH, then head out to see Steve & Liz for their anniversary celebration. Gwinllan Estates, located next to Shadow Ranch on Fair Play Rd, will be hosting a “Be a Winemaker for a Day” event featuring Bordeaux varietals on March 7th & 14th, and Rhone varietals on March 21st & 28th.
Remember that you can always get a lunch to go for your group when you plan on spending a day at the wineries. Just call ahead, and you can pick up your meals on your way!
Our great dinner server, Renee will be returning to work next week with a brand new hip! Be sure to come in and help welcome her back!
Passport weekends are coming up in April, on the weekends of the 11th & 12th, then again on the 18th & 19th. Please remember that it’s always a good idea to have a designated driver for these weekends. Also, we have more places to stay in the Fair Play area than we’ve had in a number of years! Weather it’s a stay at one of our several lovely B & B’s, or a vacation rental from VRBO, you will enjoy a stay in these beautiful foothills, surrounded by the rolling hills and vineyards of the area. Make your reservations for a meal at the Grill while you are here!
I’m still formulating plans for our guest wine bartender this month. I’ll be sure to let you know when that gets solidified.
Please remember that you can contribute your comments about your winery trips, or any visits to the area right here on our blog.

The healing power of food and prayers

by Wendy Shultz – written April 7th on page B3

After a whitewater rafting trip on the American River, Greg and Mary Kemp thought El Dorado County might make a good place to retire.

Mary laughs about the word “retire” now. With a successful restaurant and plenty of community involvement, retirement doesn’t describe her life at the moment.

From one wine region, the Santa Ynez Valley near Santa Barbara, to another, it took the Kemps two years to find a house in El Dorado County and relocate in 1991.

“When we came here, Greg worked at Intel as a chef and I worked at Folsom High School as the culinary arts instructor,” said Mary, 61. “We had a catering business, as well, but it was a big dream of ours to open our own restaurant.”

 Dreams do come true

The dream took eight years to realize. The Kemp’s catering business was very successful, especially with the wineries that put on special events, so much so that Mary often brought her students in to help.

“I built a culinary arts program for Folsom High School, writing the curriculum and developing the standards and then I built the program for the El Dorado High School District,” said Mary. Continue reading

This is from local online news from El Dorado County – Mary & husband Greg own Gold Vine Grill, the wonderful restaurant many of you have visited in Somerset. Please pray for her full recovery and donate if you can, writes DK Cellars.

A crowd funding website set up by Sondra Champion to aid a women with Leukemia has raised over $5,000 in the first 20 hours.

From the website:

Hello Everyone!
As many already know, Mary is in the hospital being treated for Leukemia. They are being aggressive with her treatment and are giving transfusions and chemotherapy. They are keeping her in the hospital for at least a month. She is hoping to be home for Thanksgiving.Greg is keeping the Goldvine open for dinner, but lunches are put on hold. He is exhausted, but in hopeful spirits.Their insurance is not the best and is not willing to cover all that is needed for Mary’s recovery.


We as friends and family would like to help take some of the financial burden off of this wonderful, loving, hard-working couple. They have selflessly given to the community and now it is our turn to show our appreciation for their generosity.


I plead to all, whether you love them dearly or have simply enjoyed a delicious meal at Goldvine and experienced Mary’s hospitality, please give from your heart and give what you can. Anything and all is appreciated. Also, please frequent the Goldvine and pass the word to stop in for a meal and glass of wine- it all helps. Please forward this link to anyone who knows Mary and Greg and would like to help. If we all share the link with our email lists, client lists, facebook, and those people did the same…Imagine!!!

Thank you wonderful people!!!”

Donations can be made at:  Online story from El Dorado County click here: