A Brief Guide to Pairing Food and Wine While You Travel

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Before you go galavanting off on your European vacation to an eating and drinking paradise like France or Italy, you might want to do a little homework. You may not care whether your cabernet sauvignon goes with your fish when you’re cooking at home, but to really get the most out of your meals during your travels, you might want to brush up on your pairing basics.

The villa rental site Oliver’s Travels put together an easy guide to pairing wines with the signature dishes of each European country the company operates in. (Because if you’re going to stay in a European villa, you’d better be eating amazing food.) Even if you’re not renting luxury accommodations, it’s good to know that that Bolognese you’re ordering would go great with the spicy, fruity notes of a Sangiovese.

Dive into the pairing guide below, or take a look at the interactive map version here.

Illustrations of European countries with traditional food and wine pairings for each
Oliver's Travels

A Look at the Highest (And Lowest) Paying Jobs in Each State

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iStock.com/Steve Debenport

Job salaries are often a product of local demand, regional economies, and the education required. These guidelines don’t always hold true (some New York City-area sanitation workers can make in excess of $100,000 a year), but generally, the more skills a job requires, the larger the dollar amount on your pay stub.

The job-seeker advisors at Zippia have reinforced the point. Using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, they’ve put together a map of the highest-paying jobs in each state. And it’s not much of a surprise who’s cashing the largest checks.

A map displays the highest-paying jobs in each state
Zippia

Being an orthodontist in Alabama is apparently a great career choice; the dental specialists earn an average of $289,740 in a state where the median household income is $46,257 as of 2016.

Other health care providers—surgeons, oral surgeons, anesthesiologists, internists, dentists—make up the remainder of the map, with Florida, Maine, North Dakota, and Delaware rounding out the top five. The lowest white-collar salary was in Wyoming, where OBGYNs make a piddling $263,490.

Zippia also took a look at some of the least-financially viable jobs by state. In South Carolina, porters and bellhops make an average $17,810. In Nevada, casino dealers bring in just $18,000. But those numbers are rather misleading, as tips in service industries can usually offset meager salaries. The real problem comes in Iowa, where a movie theater projectionist can expect a salary of just $17,820. For more information on Zippia's findings, click here.

[h/t Zippia]

This Chart Shows Just About Every Brewery in the U.S.

Pop Chart Lab
Pop Chart Lab

America is the land of the free and home of the beer—er, brave. We meant brave. With over 5000 breweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs scattered across the country, it’s easy to see how the U.S. earned the distinction of being the world's largest producer of craft beer. Using data from the Brewers Association, Pop Chart Lab paid homage to the nation’s domestic craft production by charting just about every brewery from sea to shining sea.

The brewery chart
Pop Chart Lab

Their research team also consulted the “r/beer” Reddit thread and Googled phrases like “new breweries in Chicago” and “closed breweries in Seattle” to ensure their information was up-to-date. The result: A “mega-sized” map with dots representing each brewery.

To make the information easier to digest, the chart is color-coded by the number of breweries per 100,000 people; the darkest sections have at least six breweries per 100,000 people, while the lightest areas have zero to 0.5 breweries. Zoom in on the East Coast and you'll notice that tiny Vermont is especially dense. In fact, in 2016 the Brewers Association named it the state with the most breweries per capita. The map is quite detailed, but click the corresponding links and you'll be able to zoom in on the Midwest and West Coast.

The 48-inch by 32-inch “Breweries of the United States” print costs $65 and is now available for pre-order online (shipping begins October 19). To place your order or see a larger version of the print in its entirety, check out Pop Chart Lab’s website.

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