I mean yes, I think Ben F. of Bachelorette fame is a fine specimen of man. No doubt about that. But if I'm totally honest, the thrill of hunting him down and finding him is just as exciting as the man himself. Which is why on Friday, after school, I hightailed it up to Sonoma for a "Bottle Signing" with Ben F. and Mike Benziger (of Benziger family wine fame).
When I walked into Sonoma Market, there they were, behind a table set up with Evolve wine. Strangely, it didn't seem "weird" at all, and we chit chatted about wine, the Napa growers they use (as Ben told me, they don't have their own winery; they have contracts with various growers around Napa), Chop Bar in Oakland (where I first tasted Evolve wine), and Ben's dying iPhone. How tempted was I to snatch it and scroll through the contacts for any semblance of Jennifer Love Hewitt??? Pssssh. Jennifer Love Who?
I snapped this picture:
and here is one of the bottles I purchased from these two fine gents:
Admittedly, leaving Sonoma Market after a mere 15 minutes left me feeling slightly . . . anticlimactic about the whole experience. But it was fun/tickling meeting Ben, and I left four bottles of wine richer. One of which I opened an hour later with my friends Matt and Monica, who enjoyed the wine, although perhaps didn't totally understand why I made such intense efforts to get it. ;)
p.s. If you haven't read Cup of Jo's post today, do so here. Especially if you're a single girl. I found it . . . timely and resonant.