Renaissance fair

Bridesmaids, California

Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa Winery

I recently spent a day wine tasting in the Napa Valley, where I discovered the Castello di Amorosa Winery in Calistoga. The winery is owned by Daryl Sattui, who also owns the V.Sattui Winery, and the grounds feature an authentic-looking Medieval castle that took over 14 years to complete. The castle is tricked out with a drawbridge, towers, a moat, a chapel, and a great hall featuring frescoes painted by Italian artists.

Due to Napa Valley restrictions, you can't host weddings there, but if you're looking for a mind-blowingly beautiful rehearsal dinner spot, this is the place. Small, private dinners can be held in one of the castle's dining areas, with customized menus created to pair with their wines. After dinner, you and your guests can head out to the castle's terraces for dessert, where you'll gaze out over stunning views of the Napa Valley. —Lauren Matthews, Associate Editor, Brides Local Magazines

Wedding Wisdom: Hosting your rehearsal dinner in a unique spot can help set the event apart from the wedding, and allow guests to get to know each other in a more relaxed environment.

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