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The nose knows: Why do people swirl and sniff their wine? (You should too!)

If you’ve ever seen someone with their nose buried so far in a glass of wine that it appears they’re trying to snort it, you might dismiss the action as a pompous gesture. Especially if they then start prattling about the aromas of wet dirt, leather and raw meat. Wine is a multi-sensory experience and if you don’t sniff before you sip, you may miss out. That’s because what we describe as flavor is made up of about 75 percent smell and 25 percent taste.

Drink pink! Make rosé your year-round go-to wine

Every year, a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his burrow and predicts whether we’ll have an early spring or six more weeks of winter. Whether you’re yearning for another snow day or counting down the hours until you can pull your flip-flops out of storage, we’ve got the perfect elixir. Curl up in front of the fireplace, binge-watch your favorite show and grab a glass of rosé. Chances are when you think of rosé, you’re picturing lounging around the pool in your shorts, wide-brim

Some penny auctions use cheap tricks to cheat consumers

Penny auction sites lure thousands of consumers daily with cheap prices on brand-name electronics, designer handbags and discounted store gift cards. Wired.com describes penny auctions as “a combination of bingo night, the Home Shopping Network and a slot machine addiction.” But an investigation by the Washington Attorney General’s Office shows how some of these sites can fool consumers into paying big bucks on an auction with no winner.

Should you co-sign a credit card for your student?

As a teen, my mom instructed me in how to apply for my first credit card. We went to The Bon Marché, which at that time offered a “student” card with a low limit. Mom told me to buy a pair of socks with my new card. And then we right back to the register and made a payment on my account. One pair of socks. Charged and paid for that day. And then the card was tucked away in a safe place. Years later, that first credit card (now Macy’s) remains my oldest account – and factors into my credit history.
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