SAMANTHA BRIX PHOTO | Cynthia and Tom Rosicki, owners of Sparkling Pointe Winery, near their Pinot Noir grapevines.
Local viticulturist Steve Mudd took out a napkin over dinner and drew a picture of the North and South forks, pointing out to Tom and Cynthia Rosicki that little room was left for new vineyards in Long Island’s wine region.
“He said, ‘If you’re going to do anything, you have to do it now,’” Mr. Rosicki recalled.
Mr. and Ms. Rosicki had grown up in East Marion and Southold, respectively. They knew the North Fork, and they knew wineries. They wanted a vineyard of their own, but needed a bit of a push.
With Mr. Mudd’s guidance, they purchased a 29-acre parcel in Southold and were scanning the land and discussing what to plant when Mr. Mudd asked them what they like to drink. (more…)