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Our Deepest Apologies

on August 11, 2013

*Lake Onondaga Vineyard’s CEO Apologizes to Dutch Community*

In an interview published in today’s Syracuse Daily Tribune, Lake Onondaga Vineyard’s CEO, Sarah Walker, made unsettling and insulting remarks towards the Dutch community.  We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely and wholeheartedly apologize to everyone for those comments. Ms. Walker has personally met with leaders of the Netherlands American Society of Upstate New York, located here in Syracuse, to apologize for her comments.  She has also released an official statement expressing her regret over her words:

I am truly and deeply sorry for the terrible remarks I made yesterday towards Dutch people in my interview with the Syracuse Daily Tribune.  They were inexcusable and unacceptable.  I harbor no ill feelings towards people of Dutch descent, or people from any other country.  Upstate New York has an extremely rich history steeped in Dutch traditions that have made our area the amazing place that I am proud to call home and to raise my kids in.  It is important to honor and respect that heritage.  I will be working closely with the Netherlands American Society of Upstate New York in the future to learn more about the Dutch culture in our area.  Again, I sincerely regret my comments and ask for your forgiveness as I work to make amends with the Dutch community, and the Syracuse community in general.

Lake Onondaga Vineyard would also like to apologize to the community.  These comments in no way reflect the opinion of Lake Onondaga Vineyard, or that of our employees.  We embrace the many cultures that make up this great area of Upstate NY, and everything they contribute to our community.

In an effort to begin rebuilding our relationship with the Dutch community here in Syracuse, Lake Onondaga Vineyard will take the following steps:

1.  Lake Onondaga Vineyard will offer all members of the Netherlands American Society of Upstate New York 30% off their next purchase at the vineyard, restaurant, or hotel.

2.  Lake Onondaga Vineyard will provide all of the wine at no cost to the Netherlands American Society of Upstate New York for their annual gala fundraiser in November.

3.  Ms. Walker has personally donated $10,000 to the Netherlands American Society of Upstate New York to assist in their community efforts.

Again, we sincerely apologize to the Dutch community, and the Syracuse community as a whole, for this incident.

Feel free to contact us at customerservice@lakeonondagavineyard.com with any questions or concerns.

Jamie Watts

Social Media Manager, Lake Onondaga Vineyard

jamie.watts@lakeonondagavineyard.com

*Note:  This blog is an assignment for IST 600 at Syracuse University.  There is no such company as Lake Onondaga Vineyard and everything discussed in the blog post is completely fictional.

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