Join me, Edible Finger Lakes, and other Finger Lakes wine lovers and show some love and support for Red Newt Cellars in the days following the death of co-owner Deb Whiting and the ongoing recovery of her husband and winery co-owner David. The idea is simple--let's buy their wine. Stock your cellar, share some with friends, enjoy some with dinner. My friend Michael Warren Thomas, who covers the food scene in Rochester wrote me this afternoon and asked me to spread the word about this effort--I hope you'll help me pass the word as well:
In situations like this people search for ways to help. Red Newt will get lots of cards and prayers, but what if the stores couldn't keep the wine on their shelves this week? I see it as a big Thank You to Deb for her countless hundreds of hours working to promote local foods and the Finger Lakes in general, and an especially crucial message of support for Dave. If the email reaches 1,200 people and they each buy 2 bottles at their nearest store - that would be 200 cases of wine. I'll bet they would notice that jump in sales, and perhaps some of those people will buy a 6-12 bottles. You might want to call your favorite wine store to make sure they still have some!
I bought a case of different Red Newt wines, and will enjoy them this summer. How many bottles could the wine stores sell in the next week as word gets out? Buy a couple of bottles and perhaps give someone a bottle - you don't have to tell them why, perhaps just as a thank you to them for being a good neighbor. Deb and Dave have touched so many lives in the region and the entire state. Thank you for considering this as a way to send the winery and restaurant the message that we value what they have done and will support them in the future.
Michael Warren Thomas