Deb and Dave Whiting of Red Newt Cellars and Bistro helped change the view of the Finger Lakes as a place for wine only. Thanks to their pioneering efforts our wine region became a place where you might go just for the food. The death of Deb Whiting in yesterday's car accident is a great loss. And I don't just mean locally--Deb was known, loved, and admired far and wide.
I didn't know her well--but whenever I saw her at the Bistro or at dinners like last fall's harvest dinner at Creekside Meadows Farm in Tully--I found her to be as engaging, genuine, and fun as could be. She worked hard and she leaves behind, all too soon, an incredible legacy.
Of course, Deb was also many other things and in these days I bid your prayers, good vibes and wishes for her beloved husband and partner Dave. Recent reports say he is in stable condition and I hope his recovery is speedy. But my heart aches for him in his personal loss.