07/25/15 11:24pm
Samba dancers perform at the 2015 Sparkling Pointe Carnaval celebration. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

Samba dancers perform at the 2015 Sparkling Pointe Carnaval celebration. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

The samba dancers swayed their bead-clad hips to the rhythm of a bass drum as Sparkling Pointe celebrated its sixth annual Carnaval festivities at the Southold winery on Saturday, July 25.

Wine Country’s all-sparkling wine vineyard feted the release of its Cuvée Carnaval Rouge with live music by Samba Nova Band, Brazilian drummers, dancers and “samba queens.”

“It’s a lovely, fruity wine with a lot of cherry flavor,” said Sparkling Pointe winemaker Gilles Martin. “It doesn’t have a lot of tannin. It’s an easy drinking summer sparkling wine. Enjoy with a picnic or barbecue.”

Sparkling Pointe owners Cynthia and Tom Rosicki often visit Brazil and pay tribute to the country’s largest festival, Carnaval, each year at the vineyard.

Check out photos from the event below. (more…)