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Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253


Rochester, New York (July 12, 2011) – In memory of Debra Whiting, Executive Chef & Co-Owner of Red Newt Cellars Winery & Bistro, who was killed in a car accident on June 30, 2011, WXXI will rebroadcast an archived episode of New York Wine and Table that featured Red Newt Cellars. New York Wine and Table “Farming: A Team Effort” will air Saturday, July 23 at 12:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

In New York Wine and Table “Farming: A Team Effort” host Susan Hunt visits Red Newt Cellars Winery & Bistro to talk with Mrs. Whiting and her husband David about the winery and bistro, their monthly winemakers dinners, and how Mrs. Whiting purchases produce from a variety of local farmers to pair perfectly with the wines her husband makes.

The Whitings opened Red Newt Cellars Winery & Bistro on the east side of Seneca Lake in 1999, and since then the husband-and-wife team have produced award-winning wines from east Seneca Lake vineyards and offered innovative Finger Lakes cuisine. Mrs. Whiting was a member on the executive board of the Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty and was devoted to the abundance of the region. A Georgia native who was raised in Connecticut, Whiting spent the first 15 years of her professional career in immunology research.

New York Wine & Table, co-produced by WXXI and the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, is a national television series that takes viewers on culinary journeys throughout New York State. Hosted by nationally known television lifestyle host Susan Hunt, the series features food, wine, agriculture, restaurants, people, and landscapes from the region. To learn more about the series, visit

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