March has arrived, and has come in like a lion!  Snow, hail, wind rain!  Wow!  I know that we really need the rain, so we are grateful for that, but I’m not really a big snow fan.  It’s beautiful to look at, but a bit of a challenge to get around in.  Really, it’s the freezing temperatures that I really don’t like.  But, we just spent plenty of time cozying up by the fire, and catching up on reading and chores.  I’m looking forward to the longer days ahead, and the promise of Spring!

Have you been in for Pasta Thursdays yet?  If not, you should give it a try.  We no longer serve Fish & Chips on Thursday nights, but have switched to Pasta Night.  Each Thursday, Chef Greg conjures up a different Pasta Entree.  Check it out!

For those of you who don’t know, Linda Neal, owner of Mellowood Vineyard is leaving the area soon to join the Peace Corps!  She is headed to Africa on a 2 year stint.  Her vineyard and winery are being auctioned off today, so there will likely be another new enterprise in the area soon.  Linda has been a great supporter of the Gold Vine Grill, and a wonderful member of our community.  She has an unbelievably positive demeanor, and has been a pleasure to know.  We will miss her very much, but at the same time, applaud her decision to take off in a new direction.  We will continue to serve her fabulous Syrah as long as we can.

For all of you sports fans out there, we will be showing the “March Madness” basketball tournament at the Gold Vine, so you can come on in for a great dinner and not miss a play!

Our popular “12 @ 6” Dinners will be returning this month on Wednesday, March 21st.  We are working on getting Borjon Winery for our first Wine Paired Dinner….but not confirmed yet.  I’ll shoot an email blast when the confirmation comes in.  These dinners are 4 courses, each paired with an appropriate wine.  The cost is just $55.00 per person, which includes all food, wine, tax and gratuity.  Reservations are required.

Remember:

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.

 

 

 

 

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:

HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS

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!

Remember:

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.

Remember:

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.

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