‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Deals with Drought in Show’s Rioja Finale
Last time we caught up with The Bachelorette‘s Rachel Lindsay, on the show’s penultimate episode, her world was awash in raw Tempranillo juice, trod under foot from grapes in the traditional (romantic) way by her and hopeful suitor/”business owner” Peter. This week, the show’s finale returned us to Rioja, where the three remaining suitors, well, press on. Right off the bat, lucky chiropractor Bryan winds up on a date with Rachel at Bodegas Ontañon, where, snuggled in a vineyard, they sip Bodegas Ontañon Rioja Reserva 2005 (per a representative for the wine region). But though the word “love” is uttered some 57 times during the three-hour episode (unless we somehow lost count), Bryan is not loving the soirée, calling the date “awkward” in the interview afterward while scowling meaningfully at the vines. Not a wine guy, Bry?
Contino and film crew prep for the final rosado ceremony.
Rachel spends much of the remaining episode trying to pair with men who, like difficult wines, are by turns sour, astringent, tart, awkward, unbalanced, closed, or maybe just going through a dumb phase. But finally, at Viñedos Contino, it is Bryan who pops the question. Rachel says “sí,” and the two toast with glasses of what Contino’s Maria Urrutia Ybarra tells Unfiltered is the winery’s Rioja Reserva 2011. (She called it “hard to decide” whom she would have given the final rose to; contact with the cast was limited.)
Chris Harrison has barreled through 40 seasons of the Bachelor/Bachelorette. He could use a drink.
Urrutia Ybarra also reveled the breakout greatest love story of the night: Show host Chris Harrison, a Cune devotee, privately requested a visit to that winery before he even learned the finale would actually be filmed at sister winery Contino. Fate!
To close out the show, Harrison jokingly suggests during the show’s live-interview portion that Rachel and Bryan join some of their Bachelor/Bachelorette comrades in the upcoming spinoff show Bachelor in Paradise … in Mexico. “No thanks,” Rachel responds. “We’ll go back to Rioja.”