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Saturday, January 07, 2012

Around the World in 80 Drinks: Trip Advisor Food and Wine Rankings

Around the World in 80 Drinks is a regular feature of Lyke2Drink that explores drink culture and the places where great beer, wine and spirits are created and consumed.

Trip Advisor is a useful online service if you want to avoid booking a room at a modern day version of the Bates Motel. They also provide consumer feedback on what to do and where to eat in top travel destinations around the world.

Trip Advisor recently published its Travelers' Choice award winners, including a list of the Top 10 U.S. food and wine destinations:
  1. New Orleans, La.
  2. Napa, Calif.
  3. Chicago, Ill.
  4. Charleston, S.C.
  5. San Francisco, Calif.
  6. New York, N.Y.
  7. Savannah, Ga.
  8. Santa Fe, N.M.
  9. Las Vegas, Nev.
  10. Asheville, N.C.
It is hard to argue with any of these locations as being noteworthy for foodies. However, since the list is promoted as a top 10 for food and wine, it is difficult to understand why cities such as Portland, Ore., or Seattle, Wash., are left off the rankings.

Like any of these rankings, it is designed to get people talking and build website traffic. The difficulty is that what might make my top 10 will not necessarily hit your top 10. The best service these types of lists perform is to suggest new places to try.

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