One perfect day in Geyserville, CA

Explore this low-key Northern California wine town

Rachel Levin

The classic country store: Around lunchtime, pelotons of cyclists pull into Jimtown Store and park by the old, rust red Ford pickup. They cram the aisles stocked with jars of jams and order sandwiches like pulled pork and smoked brisket with chipotle mayo. To avoid the weekend crowds, come for breakfast: pecan sticky buns and egg-and-cheese sandwiches. $; 6706 State 128, Healdsburg; 707/433-1212.

Geyserville's own Water World: Minus half-pipes and Hurricane slides, Coppola Winery's new pool-club-for-everyone has a ginormous pool with hillside views, cabines with private showers, a poolside cafe, and a rustic restaurant and tasting room. $15 pool pass; cabines $75 per day; 300 Via Archimedes;

3 more wineries to match your mood

Get serious: At almost 40 years old, Jordan Vineyard & Winery's ivy-draped estate is a pioneer in these parts. Tour the grounds covered with oaks and olive trees, bass-filled lakes, and acres of grapes. Then settle into a leather chair in the "wine library" to taste crisp Chardonnay. By appointment only; $20 library tasting;

Lounge on the lawn: The nice folks at deLorimier Winery not only let you linger, they encourage it with couches on the patio, good live tunes, and flowing Sauvignon Blanc. Order by the taste, glass, or bottle. $5 tasting; 2001 State 128, Geyserville;

Picnic in the shade: Drive the winding country lane to Stuhlmuller Vineyards. The tasting room is rarely crowded, and the patio begs for picnicking and sipping '09 estate Chard. It's by appointment, but if you happen to just show up, you won't be turned away. 4951 W. Soda Rock Lane, Healdsburg; 

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