The following information was provided by Katie Riehl/Kroger.
Ben Flajnik from ABC’s "The Bachelor" and his business partner in Envolve Winery, Mike Benziger, are excited to return to Michigan to visit two Kroger stores for special wine events with customers.
Flajnik will be at on Coolidge Highway in Troy from 5-7 p.m. this Friday, June 29; he will also visit a Kroger in Ann Arbor on Thursday. He and Benziger will greet guests and sign Envolve wine bottles. They will also be hosting wine tastings at the stores, where they will introduce their newest wine, Sonoma Mountain Rosé.
The two made appearances at Kroger stores in Novi, Birmingham and Bloomfield Township earlier this year, where they were so pleased with the events they have decided to come back this summer to visit other Michigan stores. Since the events in late February and early March, "The Bachelor" season has ended and Flajnik has been busy with his winery business.
About Envolve Winery
Envolve Winery was founded in 2008 when childhood friends Flajnik and Benziger established their wine brand to fulfill a long time dream and to celebrate sustainable, organic and biodynamic vineyards from Sonoma County, California. Practices employed at these vineyards provide healthier vines that ensure more robust flavors and energy from the fruit.
Kroger will have five Envolve wine varieties available at the events, including 2010 Envolve Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 Envolve Carneros Chardonnay, 2008 Envolve Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Envolve Russian River Pinot Noir and 2011 Envolve Sonoma Mountain Rosé, as well as the 2010 Epilogue Chardonnay, from Envolve Winery’s Epilogue brand.
The two Kroger stores where Flajnik and Benziger will host the tastings have wine stewards to assist customers with wine selections.
“Kroger is pleased to host Flajnik and Benziger at our Ann Arbor and Troy stores as they introduce their fine wines,” said Rick Going, president of The Kroger Co. of Michigan. “Envolve wines are proving popular in our Kroger wine sections. We anticipate these events will give guests the opportunity to personally meet the winemakers and help boost customer demand.”
About The Kroger Co. of Michigan
Incorporated in Michigan in 1909 and headquartered in Novi, The Kroger Co. of Michigan includes 16,000 associates, 130 Kroger stores, 45 fuel centers, 104 pharmacies and the Michigan Dairy.
Nationally, Kroger is the largest traditional grocery retailer, employing more than 338,000 associates who serve customers in 2,458 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s. The Company also operates 786 convenience stores, 361 fine jewelry stores, 1,014 supermarket fuel centers and 40 food processing plants in the U.S.
Kroger focuses its charitable efforts on supporting hunger relief, health and wellness initiatives, and local organizations in the communities it serves. The grocer has a long history of charitable contributions and was recently named number one among America’s most generous companies in a Chronicle of Philanthropy listing featured in Forbes Magazine. The list recognized companies that give back the most, with Kroger ranked first among companies contributing the largest percentage of their pre-tax profits. For more information about Kroger, please visit www.kroger.com.