At Charizma Wine Lounge & Deli (16337 Main St., 707/869-0909, www.charizmawinelounge.com, Mon.–Tues. 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m., Wed 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Thurs. 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., $10–19), you can get a cheeseburger with your 2001 Cabernet. Milkshakes are also a specialty of this fun, casual spot. Wine geeks can sip wine and nibble brie on comfortable sofas, or belly up to the redwood bar. Culinary enthusiasts might even find a cooking class held on the premises!
A focal point of downtown Guerneville, Main Street Station (16280 Main St., 707/869-0501, www.mainststation.com, daily) offers a big menu filled with homey, casual grub. The Station’s mainstay is its handmade pizzas; you can grab a quick slice for lunch, or bring friends and order a whole pie for dinner. In the evenings, locals and visitors come down to munch sandwiches and pizza, drink beer, and listen to live entertainment on the small stage. Though live folk, jazz, blues, and even comedy happen every single night, this tiny venue gets crowded when a popular act comes to town. Consider making reservations in advance to assure yourself of a seat.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition