Much unlike many a magazine editor who recommends you buy all sorts of crap that they most likely got for free, your Jezebel staff doesn't get jack shit (other than books, unsolicited). And that's how it should be. But on our own time, in our personal lives, we still buy stuff. So this is Worth It, our recommendation of random things that we've actually spent our own money on. These are the things we buy regularly or really like, things we'd actually tell our friends about. And now we're telling you.
This is the year that I stopped pretending to be cool and instead surrendered to all of the sort of objectively lame, fluffy things I always knew I liked deep down but never admitted to liking. Among them: roller coasters, old episodes of Sex & the City, jumpers, reading furniture catalogs in the bathroom, and having a big, brimming glass of white wine after work. And after a lengthy and frustrating search, I've found my favorite, my absolute go-to brand for after work wine: Four O'Clock Chardonnay by Spring Seed Wine.
I'm picky when it comes to wine, because I love the actual process of drinking good wine, I hate spending money on good wine. But the after effects of stingy wine drinking are always frown-inducing — my stomach hates it when I feed it heavy, bold cheap red wine and my head voices its displeasure with my choice of cloying whites by responding to inexpensive Gewürztraminer with an all-day headache. Affordable Chardonnays always have the shit oaked out of them, so my palate registers off-putting hints of coffee table. Bargain Pinot Grigio is usually passable, but not quite right. If I want to find a wine that doesn't end up leaving me tipsy and disappointed and feeling like I should text other, better wines I drank years ago and tell them that I'm sorry that I didn't appreciate them when I had the chance (I treated you wrong, Cabernet I drank when we went out for my boyfriend's birthday. I'm so sorry, Sauvignon Blanc carafe I split with my sister at that wine importer's place outside of Minneapolis. I was taking you for granted.), then I needed to find a wine that appealed to my frugality and my discouragingly expensive tastes.
And one day, there it was — Spring Seed Wine's Four O'Clock Chardonnay. It's the perfect warm weather sipping wine — crispy, a little sweet, refreshing — but not overly sweet or flabby. It's substantial and not watery or weak-tasting, but it's not syrupy or overoaked, either. In fact, it's not oaked at all.
Even better: it's from an organic vineyard in Southern Australia, so if you, like me, prefer to pick a poison that isn't, erm, swimming in poison, then you'll love Four O'Clock Chardonnay.
At about $14-18 bucks a bottle, it's not Yellow Tail, so you can't exactly guzzle it with abandon and preserve your pocketbook, but if you enjoy a sit and a moment of silence before you take your pants off at the end of a long day, you can't go wrong if you go with this.
[Spring Seed Wine Co. Four O'Clock Chardonnay, $16.99, 67Wine.com]
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