Just a few kilometres out of Mudgee you will find Rosby. It is a true hidden gem amongst all of the wonderful places to visit whilst you are in Mudgee.


Kay and Gerry first moved in to Rosby in 1983 and have since created something very special. Gerry began planting grape vines on a sloping block and his first cabernet buds burst in 1996. He made the cellar door out of mud bricks and now has a range of premium wines. Shiraz, Cab Sav, Rose, Chardonnay and Moscato are on offer to taste and purchase.


Kay holds a fine arts degree and has opened a private print and sculpture studio in the garden. They regularly have workshops for the budding artist with tutors which are hand picked, highly experienced and accomplished artists. Kay also wanted to create a platform for the exhibition and sale of sculptors works and hence Sculptures in the Garden was born, which has now become a hallmark event on the Central West's artistic calendar.




With the format being updated this year to comply with COVDSafe guidelines, the opening event will still be held on the weekend of the Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October with the exhibition then being extended for the following two weeks, closing on the 25th October to ensure the number of visitors on site at any one time meets the public health requirements.

This year’s event will also be ticketed with tickets available for purchase online at www.sculpturesinthegarden.com.au. Tickets need to be purchased online before entry to the event.The Sculptures in the Garden outdoor exhibition provides artists an opportunity to exhibit their works and showcase them alongside local, regional, metropolitan and interstate artists, while also being in the running for a number of the acquisition and non-acquisition prizes.




The exhibition will again this year have a dedicated SIG for Kids! section with the theme this year being, ‘Time to party’ something that couldn’t be more relevant after the drought, fires and now COVID-19 that has affected those across Australia.

Sculptures in the Garden will also again be raising funds through gate entry fees and the catering at the event for the NSW/ACT branch of Guide Dogs Australia, a partnership that has raised $160,000 over the past 10 years.

With a lot of exhibiting artists hailing from Victoria, their work will be couriered to Mudgee so that they will be able to partake in this year’s event, even if the artists themselves won’t be able to be there.

Sculptures in the Garden is thrilled to be able to support artists from across Australia who continue to be affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The event format for 2020 is changing and will now run over 2 weeks:

               - Opening weekend: 10th-11th October 9.00am-4.30pm

               - Exhibition extended: 12th - 25th October 10am-4pm

  • All artworks at this year’s event are for sale with prices ranging from $300 to $30,000

  • 2020 is the 10th anniversary year of Sculptures in the Garden

  • This year will be a ticketed event with tickets available to buy online before entry

Click here for more information on this year’s event and to buy tickets or visit sculpturesinthegarden.com.au.



Choose the right glass for your wine

A few years back I was at a wine tasting night and I learnt something which changed the whole way I now drink wine. We all have our preferences on the varietal but did you know that the type of glass you drink it from can make it taste completely different?


This particular night I was blind folded and given three wines to drink. One was in a plastic wine glass, another was a thick small wine glass and the third was a large fine wine glass. I was asked to give my opinion on all three wines. I was quite vocal on the first two saying it was cheap wine which I thought was sharp and dry. The third I enjoyed immensely, smooth and full of flavour where I could recognise the aroma and varietal.


At the end of the experiment I was informed that it was the same wine in all three glasses, a Hunter Valley Shiraz. The difference was unbelievable and it was all due to the glass I was drinking it from. Red wine needs a large glass where there is space above the wine to collect aromas and also to allow the tannin in the wine to smooth out.


Besides the size and shape wine glasses now come with or without stems. From my experience white wine is best drank from a glass with a stem. This keeps the wine cooler as your hands aren't touching the area where the wine is. The stemless version I find is good for reds and for anyone with clumsy people around!


White Wine Glasses:


White wine glasses are smaller than their red companions and this is to help contain the concentration of aromas. The glass design also tends to keep wine cooler as well as expressing more acidity in the wine. Acidity in a white wine is the backbone to the wine, it makes you salivate after you have sipped the wine.

These smaller glasses also help to preserve the floral aromas found in white wine, like peach, apple blossom and rose.


Red Wine Glasses:


Red wine glasses have a wider opening at the top and are larger than white glasses. This allows it to take longer for the wine to get to your mouth and to aerate the wine which in turns softens the wine and allows it to open up. Some red wines have dry tannins which is what makes your mouth feel tacky and dry, and choosing the right glass helps this. Another way is to decanter your wine, you can find our blog on decanters here.


Sparkling Wine Glasses:



The main job of a champagne flute is to keep the bubbles alive in your glass and this is done by having a long thin bowl and a small opening at the top, particularly for dry sparkling wine. If you are drinking a fruitier sparkling wine like a prosecco or a rosé then a wider opening in a little bigger bowl can help release the aromas.

When drinking your sparkling wine try not to swirl the wine, it is only natural to do this but it disperses the bubbles and makes the wine go flat.




Dessert Wine Glasses:



Dessert wine glasses are small in volume so the alcohol doesn't evaporate too quickly from the glass. Most fortified wines are around the 18% alc/v mark and just need to be sipped. These wines include Botrytis Semillon, Fortified Shiraz and late harvest wines. Pair them with a dessert or just enjoy after a meal with cheese and raisins.

With restrictions on travel due to Covid-19 we have decided to promote a wine deal which I am sure you won't be able to resist. Vinifera is a family-owned organic vineyard in Mudgee, where Tony and Debbie McKendry planted the vines over 20 years ago. Their wines are delightful to drink and I have quite a collection in my cellar!




We have two wines for you to choose from, a white and a red.


With a warm climate in Mudgee in 2017 the season delivered an elegant crisp Semillon. Semi-dry with green apple and citrus on the nose and lime mixed with herbaceous characters on the palate this wine offers a refreshing finish. Pair with shellfish or chicken, or quail in a creamy sauce.


The 2017 Gran Tinto is a blend of Shiraz, Garnacha and Tempranillo and is a medium to full-bodied wine. Deep in colour and rich in aroma enjoy the mocha, berries and cherries when you give the wine a swirl. It has great length and a lovely softness due to the wine being finished in French and American oak. Pair with a lasagne or a smoky BBq dish.


To receive 30% off both of these wines click the link below, the offer is only valid for 7 days.


Vinifera Wine Deals






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