Written by Cynthia Paulis, firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, 09 October 2013 09:27
With arms outstretched over rows of grapevines, a carved wooden statue of Christ the Redeemer stands above the bountiful harvest as if giving a silent blessing to the award winning champagne vineyard, Sparkling Pointe, owned by Plainview legal eagles Cynthia and Tom Rosicki.
Sparkling Pointe was founded in 2003 and visitors will notice that this vineyard is unique to the area. The tasting house is a stunning French style country manor with soaring ceilings crowned by three crystal chandeliers and fireplaces in the main room with a mantle full of awards. There is also the VIP “Bubble Room,” a smaller room that can be rented for intimate parties -- as actress Katie Holmes did recently. The Bubble Room overlooks the gleaming silver wine presses with views of the vineyards and is outfitted with plush white leather chairs a fireplace and its own bar.
Throughout the chateau are elements of Brazil; from the soft Bossa Nova music playing throughout and the hand painted mural of the bay of Rio de Janeiro, to the labels on the sparkling wines, as well as the names of the wines. Frequent travelers to the area, the Rosickis love Brazil.
“We went there 10 years ago and fell in love with it; the people, the vibe, the culture, the music,” said Cynthia, adding that the opening of the tasting house featured a Brazilian band, complete with dancers in an event they repeat every July. This fun loving Polish couple also competes in the annual Carnival in Rio.
Nothing interferes with their trips to Brazil, not even winning competitions. Recently they entered the San Franciso Chronicle wine competition, the largest domestic competition and one of the most prestigious, but had to pass on attending because of an impending continent hop.
“We got a phone call and we told you won and we said that’s nice but we are going to Rio,” she said. “We were voted the best Sparkling Champagne in America.”
Their sparkling wines have continued to win awards.
“We are the only ones in New York State who have received 90 points from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiasts for Sparkling wines,” said Cynthia.
As playful and fun loving as this powerhouse couple is, there is also a humanitarian side to them. Their 20-year law firm of Rosicki and Rosicki and Associates, a mortgage banking law practice, employs close to 450 people.
“Twenty percent of the people that work for us are people with disabilities, deaf, blind, wheelchairs, intellectual disabilities,” said Tom. “People think its charity; its not. It’s a wonderful thing for us and for them. They are some of the most loyal, hard working people you will ever meet.”
Their original law office was in Carl Place on the fifth floor of a building that also housed TRY, an organization used to help people with disabilities to learn job skills. Tom noticed all of these people with disabilities and inquired about the organization.
“I wanted to hire someone with an obvious physical disability and have them at the front desk,” said Tom. “The woman had spina bifida and hydro encephalitis and she walked with braces. you get tax credits. We don’t take them because it would be an insult to these people to think there is any ulterior motive other than they have abilities and we want them.”
Tom is president of AHRC Foundation, which helps both children and adults with intellectual disabilities. He and his wife have been involved with the organization for 12 years and have continued to garner awards for championing hiring people with disabilities.
To learn more about Sparkling Pointe and to visit the vineyard at 39750 County Rd. 48 in Southhold, go to www.sparklingpointe.com. For more information on tours, tastings, weddings or other events, call 631-765-0200.