Wine, and alcohol in general, is fairly critical to the running of a season of The Bachelor, where it’s a standard part of the dating process to bring four or five of your potential fiancées home to meet your parents, all at the same time.
Competing for love in such close quarters would undoubtedly be more stressful and less compelling without the lubrication of a few glasses, which is one of the many reasons why The Bachelor owes so much to the wine industry. As for the distinct lack of food eaten on the show, one former contestant chalked it up to the pressure to be constantly camera-ready.
“When you get to dinner, the food is already sitting there, but you don't eat while you're on camera,” Courtney Robertson once told Allure. “Well, you could eat — they don’t tell you not to — but you’re trying to have a conversation so shoving food down your face is hard.”
In a recent interview with Yahoo TV, an unnamed Bachelor source revealed some interesting information about the contestants’ wine preferences — many of which are locally sourced from the Pacific Northwest and California, not too far from the Bachelor mansion in Agoura Hills, California.
Most women (65 percent) on the show favor white wine in order to preserve their smiles while men go through more red wine. The source doesn’t say which gender drinks more wine, but a recent study from the Wine Market Council found that millennial women were the largest consumers of wine by volume, and women under 30 — which makes up the majority of Bachelorette and Bachelor contestants throughout the history of the franchise — made up for two thirds of millennial high frequency drinkers.
If wine isn’t their thing, the girls can also drink cocktails, of course. “We have a rotating group of bartenders who range in experience,” the source said, “but they sure have stories to tell.”