After a season full of mud wrestling, secret girlfriends, and a whole lot more “Whaboom!” than anyone truly bargained for, Rachel Lindsay is about to cross the finish line of her Bachelorette journey in the absolutely stunning locale of Rioja, Spain.
Lucky for you, fellow Bachelorette fan, nobody knows wine AND entertaining better than VinePair. We’ve crafted the wine, food, and finishing touches you need to bring a little bit of those steamy Spanish nights into your living room during the finale.
Forget Champagne, ladies and gentlemen, you’re going to want to pop open one of these high-end Rioja beauties when one of the final three gets down on one knee to propose.
Ontañón Gran Reserva 2005 – $36
A wine to impress, like Peter winning the first impression rose.
Viña Bujanda Gran Reserva 2009 – $26
Craveable and contagious like Eric’s smile.
Viña Albina Gran Reserva 2009 – $48
Full-bodied, like Bryan’s mom when she threatened Rachel.
Just like there’s never too many ridiculous feuds between the boys (looking at you Kenny and Lee) there’s never too much wine. See our full ranking for the best Riojas you should be drinking.
For The Hostess Who Prefers To Cook
Get fancy with Patatas Bravas, Tortilla Española, and Spanish Style Shrimp with Garlic.
For The Hostess Who Prefers To Drink
Keep it simple with manzanilla (and other marinated) olives, seared Spanish chorizo, jamon (if you can find it), and manchego.
Here are the few things you need to tie the whole party together.
- Invites – Send your friends an invite asking them to accept the rose/spot on your couch for the viewing party.
- Piles and piles of roses – Roses on the coffee table, roses on the couch, roses everywhere.
- Cutouts of the finalists – Print cutouts of the finalists’ faces and at each commercial break ask guests to hold up the face of who they think is going to propose. Also, you get to stare into Peter’s dreamy eyes.
- Apply to be on The Bachelorette/Bachelor – Those commercial breaks are exhausting so you might as well be productive. Plus, after a few glasses of wine you’re bound to come up with three hilarious adjectives to describe yourself.
Cheers to true love or an awkward “After the Final Rose.”