04/10/18 6:10am

Pick up a bottle of Sparkling Point Brut on your next visit to Stirling Sake in Greenport. (Credit: David Benthal photos)

Remember the days when dinner was a protein-starch-veggie affair? There’s no shame if you can’t. Food may still sustain us, but these days it’s also meant to entertain us.

Blame the millennials, Instagram and wine and food subscription services, but experiential dining is now at the head of the table.

The Long Island restaurant scene has become more creative — putting a greater emphasis on shareable conversation-starting tapas, local ingredients and plating dishes so artistically they look almost too good to eat.  (more…)

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…)

02/16/15 11:00am
Workers harvest cabernet franc grapes at Macari Vineyards in Mattituck this past fall. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Workers harvest cabernet franc grapes at Macari Vineyards in Mattituck this past fall. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

A Wine Spectator writer spoke with North Fork winemakers Richard Olsen-Harbich and Gilles Martin about cabernet franc in a recent column suggesting the sometimes herbaceous varietal’s time is coming.

“Reader, the excitement is palpable and the smell of pepper-bramble-tobacco-olive is in the air,” Wine Spectator Magazine’s Ben O’Donnell wrote in the column titled “Cabernet franc’s Time,” which was published online on Feb. 12. (more…)

02/06/12 7:35pm

SAMANTHA BRIX PHOTO | Gilles Martin in the production facility of Sparkling Pointe holding a bottle of 2002 Brut Seduction.

Gilles Martin doesn’t remember a time when he wasn’t making fruit juice.

The winemaker at Sparkling Pointe Vineyard in Southold remembers picking, coring and slices apples for cider as a child with his grandfather about 10 miles outside the Champagne region of France, where he was born. (more…)

01/26/12 7:41pm

SAMANTHA BRIX PHOTO | Sparkling Pointe winemaker Gilles Martin prepares to box bottles after they’re labeled by the winery’s labeling machine.

We visited Sparkling Pointe in Southold last week to capture winemaker Gilles Martin labeling and boxing bottles of 2002 Brut Seduction, the winery’s signature sparkling wine.

The bottles are washed, dried, labeled and capped before being shipped out in boxes. Last week, the bubbly was heading to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan.

Sparkling Pointe has a complete winemaking, bottling and labeling facility on site. View the labeling — the last part of the process before wine is out the door — in the video below.