It's rare that my day job (design) and my night job (wine) overlap, but thanks to the Internets I occasionally get choice tidbits that nicely fill that little sliver of a venn diagram between two of my most important disciplines.
The latest intersection? This thing of beauty:
It's a subway-map-meets-wine-map that has some really clever design conventions that allow it to easily convey a lot of very complex, multi-variate information.
Specifically, it illustrates the wine regions, their appellations, the major towns and waterways near those appellations and the relative positioning of those appellations, and the primary grapes grown in each.
For any true oenophile, this map is but a curiosity, as it masks the true geography of the regions, and does not illustrate some of the more notable geographical aspects of French wine regions, such as their relative size, or topography.
However, for someone less concerned with exactitude and perhaps more concerned with some basic facts, it's a great learning device, since it reduces a number of factors to bare essentials, and removes a lot of the "noise" that can sometimes make it very difficult for people to get their heads around the complexity of French wine regions.
Now we need one for Germany, Austria, and Italy !
The map is published by Steve DeLong, a fellow wine blogger, as it turns out.
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