The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

May 10, 2013

First phase of Pairings to honor Rose and Tony Debevc

GENEVA — The leadership committee of Pairings, Ohio’s Wine & Culinary Experience, is pleased to announce that Beth and Tony Debevc and Donniella Winchell have sponsored the front entryway to the education vineyard in the new Windows on Pairings facility.

“This donation is to recognize our parents’ long standing family history and enduring commitment to the Ohio grape and wine industry,” said Anthony Debevc, president of Debonne Vineyards. “We’re very pleased to be able to help support Windows on Pairings, and wish to honor my father and recognize my mother for their vision and wisdom.

“Dad was always a man ahead of his time, launching many vineyard innovations to keep viticulture strong in the Grand River Valley. 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,” said Donniella Winchell.

Windows on Pairings is designed as a new economic engine that not only will improve the burgeoning strengths of Ohio’s wine industry, but also will create new opportunities for Ohio’s food and agriculture products through:

• Consumer wine & food education, including wine tastings, food pairings and cooking classes

• Regional wine tours, concierge services

• Retail sales of Ohio wines, wine related gifts and supplies

• Farmers market

• Special events

• Business development assistance

“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,” said Pairings Committee President, and Ashtabula County Convention and Visitors Bureau Director, Mark Winchell.

The Pairings committee has recently completed the planting of their educational vineyard, which included native grape varieties that reflects on our past and new varietals that reinforces our future. Saturday the Pairings committee and members of the Geneva Ministerial Association held a blessing of the vines in the promise that they may grow strong and bountiful.

If you wish to donate to the Windows on Pairings project the Committee may be contacted at or 466-4675.

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