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A taste of Rio de Janeiro culture visited Sparkling Pointe Saturday with Carnaval, a mid-July tradition at the Southold winery.

The event features a performance by The Samba Novo Band, dancers and musicians who emerge from the vineyard for song and dance numbers throughout the day. The drums can be heard in the distance as they work their way toward the crowd of cheering guests. The parade marches into the tasting room where a larger performance takes place and finishes with the crowd joining in and creating one big dance party.

“It’s sort of an anomaly, a good one,” said Sparkling Pointe owner Tom Rosicki. “We want people to be happy and comfortable and experience total pure joy.”

This year’s Carnaval also included the release of Carnaval Rouge, a sparkling red wine.

Mattituck native Nina Nickerson said she’s wanted to attend the event for years and finally was able to this year for the winery’s eighth year hosting it.

“This is such a unique thing to see out here on the North Fork,” she said. “It’s really exciting to be here, knowing that they’re putting out new wines and everyone’s just having a great time celebrating Brazil and the culture.”

Carnaval Rouge being poured. (Photo credit: Krysten Massa)
Tom and Cynthia Rosicki leading the train of performers. (Photo Credit: Krysten Massa)
From left: Artie Fiedler, Nicole Fiedler, Colleen Brady and Michael Argenti.

From left: Valdete Souza, who is visiting the North Fork from Brazil, Giovanna Camilo, Rita Camilo and Isabella Camilo. (Photo credit: Krysten Massa)