I’m on several email lists where wine publicists send their latest news releases. Most are boring new wine releases or some winery event. I don’t think any of them have driven me to post here until this morning’s note from Appellation America announcing a new winery directory.
Not too newsworthy until you read that the key feature is Google maps integration. I have to say that this is a very cool application of Google’s API and very useful for wine lovers to look down from high on our favorite vineyard. Google’s restrictive license prevents me from reposting any pictures here, but click this link for Ridge’s Dry Creek Zin, here for Amity Vineyards Pinot and here for Wolffer Chardonnay, Merlot and/or Cab Franc. Make sure you click on the “Satellite” button before you zoom in for full effect.
One word of caution, some wineries have P.O. boxes for their address and not the actual winery address which might mean you are looking down on someone’s house and not a vineyard 😉
Kudos to Appellation America for this innovation. Check it out here.