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Driving experiences take place at Crossgates Mall—1 Crossgates Mall Rd, Albany, NY 12203—on June 24. Available cars include the Lamborghini Gallardo and Ferrari F430.
About the Cars
In the span of 60 minutes, groups of auto enthusiasts peel around the agility course in a sleek V10 Lamborghini Gallardo or Ferrari F430. Drivers spend 15 minutes absorbing safety and steering instructions before strapping into the driver’s seat alongside an experienced instructor. Seated in front of the powerful purr of the engine, drivers then complete three full laps around the autocross car-control course.
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Four Things to Know About The Five Tastes
The five recognized tastes are sour, sweet, bitter, salty, and umami (savory). But, that’s not all there is to the story. Read on to learn more about taste, and how ideas about it are still evolving.
1. Your tongue isn’t divided into sections by taste. This was long thought to be the case, but in truth different taste receptors intermingle all over the tongue. It’s not hard to see why scientists previously thought this, though. Some areas are more sensitive to certain tastes than others: the sides of the tongue are the most attuned areas to all tastes, while the back of the tongue is most sensitive to bitter tastes.
2. Umami was accepted as the fifth taste in 2002, more than 100 years after it was identified by Japanese chemist Kikunae Ikeda. Meaning roughly “delicious” in Japanese, umami became fully accepted as one of the foundational tastes after it was proven that our tongues have taste receptors for L-glutamate, an amino acid responsible for the umami effect. Umami is often described as savory or meaty, and is most present in high-flavor foods such as ripe tomatoes, cheese, and anchovies. It’s also why MSG—monosodium glutamate—is so potent in ramping up flavor.
3. There might be more than five tastes. Scientists are still looking into whether the mouth has specific taste receptors for other substances, such as fat, calcium, and metals. Spiciness, however, definitely isn’t a taste: it’s processed in the brain not by taste buds, but by pain receptors.
4. Your sense of taste keeps you safe. Taste buds in the mouth come to the rescue by sending the brain a cue when a food is poisonous or rotten, preventing you from swallowing it or storing it in your cheek pouches.
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The Strawberry, Chocolate, & Wine Festival runs on select Saturdays and Sundays throughout June, July, August, September, and October from noon to 5 p.m. Click here for the complete list of festival dates.
Each date offers visitors goodies such as strawberry shortcake, cheesecake brownies, and chocolate-dipped strawberries, in addition to tasting of 12 wines. Afterward, participants take home an engraved wine glass and a copy of the winery’s Top 10 Ways To Enjoy Strawberry Wine book.
During regular tastings at the winery, each visitor sips on samples of eight wines, such as the late-harvest riesling, strawberry wine, and merlot, before taking home an engraved souvenir wine glass. Wine tastings are available Thursday–Monday from noon–5 p.m with extended hours from noon–6 p.m. on Saturdays. Closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.