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Daroush Winery, Napa: The Romans might have ruled them all when it came to appreciation of all things wine but the passion for fermented grapes dates back to long before the bacchanalia. Archaeological excavations suggest that northwest Iran was one of the earliest places where wine was produced, more than 6,000 years ago. This heritage is celebrated at Persopolis-style Darioush Winery in Napa. Like Greek gods at Olympos, modern-day deities congregate here along with filmmakers who choose this location for the "jaw-dropping setting.'" (Courtesy photo)
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Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga: If a Persian palace doesn't feel opulent enough, take a trip to what was once the Roman part of the world at this 121,000 square feet Tuscan-style castle in Calistoga. The empire might have been long gone by the time castles of this kind started to pop up on the Italian peninsula, but that doesn't mean that the Napa replica can't do decadence just as well as the good old Romans. (Courtesy photo)
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Castello di Amorosa comes equipped with a main hall (pictured), drawbridge, secret passageways and a torture chamber (features that somehow seem suitable for a secluded celebrity getaway). The fact that winery owner and vintner Dario Sattui is sometimes referred to as a modern-day Don Quixote lends this place even more celebrity cred. This is another popular location for filmmakers. (Courtesy photo)
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, filmmakers and celebrities also flock to Napa wineries Italics (pictured) and Tamber Bay. (Courtesy photo)
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As if three Michelin stars wouldn't be enough to attract a-listers, The French Laundry in Yountville has undergone a recent facelift to the tune of $10 million. Other Napa Valley restaurants mentioned in the Hollywood Reporter article include Bottega (Carrie Underwood calls it her "happy place." ) and Thomas Keller's other Yountville spot, Bouchon.
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Ex-Disney Studios chief Rich Frank, who owns Calistoga's Frank Family Wines, likes "sitting at the bar at Redd, eating the best chicken wings in the valley and drinking a great bottle of bubbles." He adds that the “Poetry Inn is perfect for celebrities looking for total privacy and luxury.” Actress Zoey Deutch says the side dish of egg butter noodles at Bistro Jeanty "is heaven on Earth."
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The Napa Valley Film Festival: If you want to see Hollywood stars, on the big screen and off, the Napa Valley Film Festival is your best bet in wine country. The festival draws the likes of Katie Holmes (pictured), Kevin Costner, Matthew McConaughey, Pierce Brosnan, Will Ferrell, and Michelle Monaghan for premieres, culinary demos and wine tastings. (Courtesy photo)
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For ordinary human beings (with some significant funds in their bank account) wanting to mingle with a-listers, the Napa Valley Film Festival offers "Patron Circle" passes ($2500) and, for the ultimate VIP experience, "Movie Mogul" passes ($25,000). According to festival co-founder and co-director Brenda Lhormer, this is an opportunity to meet film industry luminaries in a "laid-back, beautifully elegant environment — the opposite of a crazy-ass Hollywood party." (Courtesy photo)
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According to the Hollywood Reporter, celebrities like to rest their pretty heads at the following Napa properties: The Estates at Meadowood Napa Valley (at $4,600 per night, it is "swanktastic, with the most ridiculously glamorous rooms"), Calistoga Ranch ("for discerning service, and private chef experiences in the two-bedroom lodges"), Auberge Resort Solage ("offers CBD oil treatments, primordial sound meditation and full moon Qigong") and Napa Valley Lodge (featuring Plum Wine Machines "doling out fresh glasses of vino with the press of a button").
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Other popular Napa Valley hotels include Archer Hotel Napa (Matt McGorry and Carrie Underwood have stayed here), Carneros Resort and Spa ("boasts stringent security, hyper-personalized service and a new $3.5 million spa, which Kardashian hairstylist Jen Atkin loves") and, finally, the soon-to-come 85-room Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley (pictured), set to debut in early 2019. (Courtesy photo)
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Healdsburg: Chef-filmmaker Tyler Florence tells The Hollywood Reporter that he likes "that Sonoma [County] uses downtown Healdsburg as its tasting room, so you can sample dozens of small kiosk wineries." Here's where we think you should go wine tasting in downtown Healdsburg.
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The Kenwood Inn, Sonoma: A popular place to stay for mere mortals and VIPs, the Kenwood is "nice because it's adults only and private, with such amazing food you almost don't need to go out to eat," says film director Judy Greer to The Hollywood Reporter. (Courtesy photo)
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Lynmar Estate, Sebastopol: It might be the pretty patio, the scenic surroundings, or the excellent wines (or these things combined), but Lynmar Estate manages to draw the attention of both wine-lovers and celebrities, says The Hollywood Reporter. (Courtesy photo)
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