Wine Lessons from The Bachelor: Episode 2

Each week GrapeFriend sums up each episode with what we've learned about wine from Ben's journey to find love.

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It's obvious that The Bachelor can teach us what not to do while dating someone. Well, at least someone who's dating multiple women who may or may not be crazy and who you also happen to be living with. But with Ben being a winemaker, this season's giving us lessons we can actually use!

On last week's premiere episode, we learned that you can't make wine from grocery store grapes and that you should always know what you favorite hot-day varietal is. This week took us even further into wine country, even if we had a few unfortunate detours into the land of ombre hair and ugly-crying in corners. Here's what we learned:

#1 If you're dating a winemaker (or trying to), you get to live in a sweet grape-growing area.

Someone on Twitter asked if the girls were living in Ben's house. Nope. They've been set up in Vineyard Knoll, a private villa in the in the Carneros appellation (a designated wine area that makes awesome Pinot Noir and Chardonnay). It has a main house, club house, pool pavilion, pool, pro tennis court, 3 BBQ stations and a golf course. Shell out $19.9 mil and it's all yours.

#2 Sonoma's home to the oldest winery in California.

On his date with Kacie B., Ben walked her around town and pointed out the oldest California winery — Buena Vista. It was founded in 1857 by this guy Agoston Haraszthy, a Hungarian count who brought tons of European grapes to the states but eventually lost all his money drowned in a river in Nicaragua. Luckily, the grape varieties had a better fate.

#3 Good wine makes for a good date.

He also took Kacie B. to The Girl & The Fig restaurant. They were drinking red wine, though we didn't see him order to know what kind. They only serve Rhône varietals there though, mostly Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre which are all baller, yummy grapes. I actually thought Ben and Kacie were cute together and it seemed like they were both trying. Kudos. All too rare that you're both really into each other on a first date.

#4 The wine a guy brings on a date indicates if he's into you. Or that he's a winemaker.

On his date with Courtney, one of those models who knows exactly how to get a guy into her but will probably go Fatal Attraction on him soon enough, they went on a picnic at a lake. Two people, two bottles of wine — I like it. Also, seems like a good sign that he brought both red and white since he probably didn't know her preference. But that still wasn't as cute as his dog Scotch.

Good luck, Ben, and keep your glass full! You'll need it.

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