Credit: Craig Sjodi/ABC Television Group © 2011 Disney Photo: Winemaker Ben Flajnik Poses for ABC Bachelor Season 16 Promo Pic

Va va vino! When ABC puts you in front of one of those Sears Portrait Studio backgrounds and shoves a rose in your hand — you know you’ve arrived. And here he is: our Season 16 Bachelor Ben Flajnik looking very much like the hip young California-born winemaker we got to know during Ashley Hebert’s season of The Bachelorette (give or take a few inches on that shag).

Though it’s nothing new for ABC’s promo pics to incorporate props relating to the Bachelor/ette’s career or personality (see: Jake Pavelka's “I’m a pilot, if you couldn’t you tell from the plane I’m standing in front of” photo), we must say, Ben’s crate-and-barrel photo shoot isn’t nearly as cheesy as some (see: Jake Pavelka's “I’m a pilot, if you couldn’t tell...).

 

But that could be more about Ben and less about ABC’s set designing abilities. Eschewing the usual suit-and-tie stuffiness of previous Bachelors, Ben, sporting a vest-suit jacket-jeans and lace-less oxfords ensemble, looks relaxed and — dare we say it? — ready for love. Or at least ready for a date. Which, hey, is a good start. Especially when he has 20-something womenwaiting to get in on that one-on-one action.

So what do you think of New Bachelor Ben’s coming out photo? Are you getting a little more excited for January 2?

 

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