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Community Portrait: Wine, dining, finer things appeal to 'Billy V'

CSD director a fixture in the community
By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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William “Billy V” Vandegrift is a well-known and often-recognized fixture in El Dorado Hills. Vandegrift, a director with El Dorado Hills Community Services District, has an affinity for fine wines and art, friends and food. Vandegrift with his ready smile casually commands the attention of anyone within earshot. He’s been in the title insurance business for more than two decades and remains active in real estate and has rental property in Cameron Park. “I moved here in 1978, I just really liked it,” Vandegrift said. “Back then El Dorado Hills was nothing and Cameron Park wasn’t much then either.” Back then deals were sealed with a handshake, he said. “Billy V,” as he’s known throughout the community, is the past president of Cameron Park Rotary, currently a member of the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce as well as a member of El Dorado County Board of Realtors. He is also a member of the Shingle Springs-Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce. As if his calendar isn’t full enough, Vandegrift makes it a point to carve out time for friends and, of course, wine. “I love reds and have a pretty good collections, 500 or so bottles,” he said. “I love zins, I’m known for my enjoying good hearty zins.” Aside from fine wine, Vandegrift makes time for gardening, golf, his extensive art collection and cooking for friends, especially jambalaya. Look for the boisterous “Billy V” at one of any local eateries, most likely surrounded by a large group of friends and a few bottles of zin. Reach Penne Usher at penne.usher@gmail.com.