I’ve been saving this bottle of 2006 Charles Shaw California Chardonnay 2006 ($3) for a special occasion. Finally, I had one last week. Sadly, I don’t remember what it was. In my early days in graduate school at U. C. Irvine, I bought this chardonnay because it tasted like sauvignon blanc and the bitter tears of academia. A grad school party just wasn’t a party without a case of Charles Shaw. It’s become richer over time, as have the tears. A lovely deep yellow color due to the process of micturition. The nose is pure oxygen and a hint of smog. When you drink, drink fast, because the pure green apple on the palate fades quickly into sour grapes. You’ll want to reserve this one for yourself. Drink now or never.