During the fall wine crush, there's nothing like a taking a car along the less-traveled roads in Sonoma County in Northern California's wine country. Sonoma is my favorite region -- rich in wonderful wines and vistas yet retaining its more rural character than its more-developed Napa Valley neighbor.
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Carrie Brown's Jimtown Store in Sonoma County, California wine country outside Healdsburg is a destination in itself. A revival of an old country store, with the sign commanding "Get In Here and Eat," the market purveys gourmet sandwiches and carry-out boxed lunches for wine country touring. And its dime-store-style wares offer nostalgic toys next to an unusual collection of antiques.