While on business in Chicago last week I encountered the much talked about "Three Buck Chuck". Living in a highly controlled and highly taxed part of the world where wine is concerned you can imagine I almost fainted at the site of wine at $2.99. After my colleague convinced me that I wouldn't be able to carry the 70 cases I was protecting like a rabid dog on a bone, snarling and growling at passers by I picked up just one bottle. The wine was a Cabernet Sauvignon from California produced under the brand Charles Shaw. As this wine isn't available in Ontario I had to try a bottle and report back to nosnob.com readers. I didn't get my hopes up thinking I discovered Chateau Petrus for $3.00. But I was surprised that it wasn't just alcoholic purple water. It had many Cab Sauv characteristics, smelled okay and tasted okay. While nothing really stood out about this wine, it was a novelty at $2.99. If you're having a big party, making Sangria or boiling pasta in wine this will do in a pinch.