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May 17, 2013

Pairings inks lease agreement, gets new sponsor


GENEVA — With his family living in a chicken coop on the farm, Tony and his son, Tony Jr., worked as commercial winemakers. Debonne Vineyards was founded as a winery in 1972. The family produces 85,000 gallons of wine each year.

“Dad was always a man ahead of his time, launching many vineyard innovations to keep viticulture strong in the Grand River Valley,” Winchell said. “Mom was committed to keeping the farm financially secure in the days well before wine grapes were planted there. We are honored that this vineyard will memorialize their contributions.”

Sponsorships for Windows on Pairings are still available. For more information email or call 466-4675.

Pearson said Geneva law director Lauren Gardner spent many hours working on the lease agreement, which can be renewed for up to four additional five-year periods and includes an option to purchase the land for $267,000.

The agreement, which includes the barn on the Geneva Board of Education office land, shows that Pairings will pay rent quarterly in the amount of $3,000 for the first year, $5,000 for the second year, $7,000 in the third year, $8,000 for year four and $10,000 for year five.

Insurance was also a major consideration with the lease, Pearson said, as the property must hold $3 million for general insurance and $3 million under automobile, as well as a liquor liability insurance and an additional policy for the planned farmer’s market this summer.

Ashtabula County Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Mark Winchell said he is pleased to see Pairings “take off.”

“The committee’s goal to raise funds for construction, purchase of equipment and initial operating costs for Windows on Pairings is starting to take off,” he said.

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