Champagne lovers Tom and Cynthia Rosicki had the idea of opening a vineyard on the North Fork, where they both live, since witnessing the birth and growth of Long Island Wine Country over a span of 20 years. In 2001, they began talking with long-time vineyard manager Steve Mudd about acquiring land for their plan. Two years later, they purchased property that was previously a nursery on Route 48 in Southold to plant wine grapes. Sparkling Pointe, the only winery on the North Fork dedicated exclusively to producing home-grown sparkling wine, opened in October 2009. The uber-modern facility, complete with chandeliers and white leather couches, is becoming known for its live entertainment, from celebrity chef appearances to karaoke nights.