Yes, the Shape of Your Wine Glass Really Does Matter

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There are plenty of good reasons to be skeptical of snobby wine culture. Regardless of what so-called experts will tell you, expensive wine doesn't always taste better, a few ice cubes won't ruin your drink, and professional tasters don't necessarily have superior palettes. But there is one seemingly pretentious practice that's based in truth: By choosing the right glass, you can make a $10 bottle of wine taste like a top-shelf product.

The artisans at Riedel have spent 11 generations perfecting their specialty wine glasses. As the company's president Maximilian Riedel tells Fast Company, each glass they sell is made to hold a specific drink, and if you split the same wine between two glasses, it will end up tasting like two completely different varieties.

The secret to their glasses' flavor-manipulating properties is in the shape, which dictates how the liquid hits your tongue. If you're drinking pinot noir from the right glass, it will flow in a sharp point towards the tip of your tongue and hit your sweet-sensing taste buds first. This automatically balances out the wine's bracing acidity.

With cabernet, which is less acidic and more full-bodied, the liquid should pool into the side of the glass when it's tilted. This way it coats your tongue all at once, allowing you to take in its complexity.

Riedel employs other tricks to elevate whatever you're drinking, like wings inside each glass that aerate your wine. You can purchase their Performances glasses—made for cabernet, pinot noir, shiraz, champagne, riesling, and chardonnay—from their website at $59 a pair.

[h/t Fast Company]

10 Simple Tricks for Charging Your Smartphone Faster

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Smartphones always seem to reach low power at the least convenient moments possible. If you've ever urged your device to charge faster in the minutes before a phone interview or when you're about to board a plane, you can relate. While the easiest way to avoid this scenario is to plug in your device before the battery dips into the danger zone, if you've already reached this point, there are simple ways to speed up the charging process.

Some hacks for charging a phone faster involve steps you can take in anticipation of the next time you're surviving on minimum energy. Certain gadgets, like special chargers and battery packs, will power-up your device more efficiently than others. For moments when your phone is dying and all you have is your regular charging cable, adjusting your phone's settings to minimize the power it consumes also works in a pinch.

You can find some specific ways to charge your phone quickly below: 

  1. Plug it into a wall outlet instead of a USB port.
  1. Use a portable battery pack.
  1. Buy a special "fast" phone charger.
  1. Switch to low power mode.
  1. Switch to airplane mode.
  1. Let your phone drain completely on its own once a month to the extend the battery life.
  1. Close any background apps.
  1. Stop automatic app updates.
  1. Don't check your phone while it's charging
  1. Keep your phone out of the heat.

For more tricks for making your phone usage more efficient, check out these tips for typing faster.

The 20 Best States for Singles

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Being single on Valentine's Day means you don't have to worry about cards, gifts, or date ideas. But if you'd like to do something romantic on February 14, your chances of snagging a date in time may depend on where you live. WalletHub crunched the numbers to create a definitive list of the best states to be single and looking for love in America.

To come up with its rankings, the personal finance site analyzed numerous data points for each state, including the proportion of single adults, nightlife and entertainment opportunities, and economic factors like cost of living. Combined, these qualities paint of picture of where you're most likely to find, afford, and enjoy a date.

Florida secured the number one position with a total score of 69.21 out of 100. Though it comes in 33rd out of the 50 states for economics, it places third for dating opportunities and fourth for romance and fun, earning it the top slot. It's followed by California with a score of 67.41 and Texas with 66.77. You can check out the top 20 states below, and see how all 50 states ranked at WalletHub.

  1. Florida // 69.21
  1. California // 67.41
  1. Texas // 66.77
  1. New York // 65.29
  1. Pennsylvania // 64.61
  1. Ohio // 63.10
  1. Illinois // 62.61
  1. Wisconsin // 61.13
  1. Massachusetts // 59.11
  1. Michigan // 58.56
  1. Arizona // 57.22
  1. New Jersey // 56.71
  1. Georgia // 56.11
  1. Colorado // 56.01
  1. North Carolina // 55.58
  1. Minnesota // 55.42
  1. Virginia // 54.98
  1. Washington // 54.76
  1. Missouri // 54.29
  1. Nevada // 53.64

The world uses Valentine's Day to celebrate romance, but you can take it as an opportunity to embrace singledom in 2020. If that's your plan, here are some vintage tips for living alone to keep in mind.

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