One of the wines included in the blind tasting of 1973 Bordeaux published in last week's food section was inadvertently omitted from the printed list. It was Chateau Barne Cantenac, at $5.88. This wine scored 10.8 of a possible 20 points and was rated lowest in the lasting. The comments were: "Off aroma; brownish; high sugar; thin; dull."
In France itself, picking, grapes for the 1977 vintage has begun. By most accounts, it will be a year of limited quantity and doubtly quality. If so, it will disappoint growers, but may prove helpful to firms with large backlogs of wine from earlier vintages. (After two fine harvest, 1975 and 1976, it appears German, wines, too, may be below par this year.)
Impact, a trade publication that focuses on the wine ans spirits industry, reports in its Sept. 15 issue that Nicholas, France's largest wine retail firm, has established a U.S. import subsidiary and will send "about 100 regional and chateau wines" here. Most will sell in the $2.50 to $4 range, according to impact.
The annual "American Wine market Review & Forecast" published by Impact this summer stressed the continued "strong growth pattern" of table wine in this country. ("The distille spririts market dropped 2.1 per cent in sales in 1976." editor Marvin Shanken wrote in a companion report on that segment of the industry.) Figures released last month by the Wine Institute (of California) showed a 12.2 per cent gain for table wine produced in the state. This was offset by declines in sales of appetizer and dessert wines, pop wines and vermouth.
Students of California wine may be interested in the following classification of wineries offered in a newsletter of The Monterey Vineyard. botique: production of less than 40,000 cases a year; small: 40,000 to 300,000 cases; medium: 300,000 to 2 million cases; large: 2 to 10 million cases; giant: up to 100 million.
A course in California wines - including comparative tastings - will be offered this fall at University of Maryland's University College. Four Monday evening classes begin Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. The fee for the course is $55. For further information call 454-4712.
Those who are going to visit California and plan a first-hand look at wineries there may obtain a useful pamphlet titled "Sonoma County Wineries, A Vistiors Guide" from the Sonoma County Winegrowers' Association, P.O. Box 1197, Healsburg, Calif., 95448.
Two new volumes for imbibers are worthy of special note. For wine fanciers and students, Holt, Rinehart, Winston has published "The International Album of Wine," $16.95. It contains renderings of wine labels from a dozen wine-producing countries and an unusually detailed and informative text by Steven J. Schneider. "The Beer Taster's Guide to Beer" by Michael Weiner (Macmillan, $14.95 or Collier papeback, $7.95) takes a scholarly approach to its subject.
According to a recent press release, Manischewitz has seen the light. The New York kosher wine firm had produced a line of three "light Concordia wines." The wines, white, pink and red, have an alcoholic content of 11 per cent.