As some of you may have heard, Onondaga Lake Winery’s CEO, Jacques La Vin, made some regrettable statements in a Syracuse Daily Tribune article. Here is a personal note and apology from Jacques, to our customers, the Dutch Community, and anyone else who might have been offended.
I have learned a new American expression, “putting your foot in your mouth.” During an interview with the Syracuse Daily Tribune, I offended the Dutch Community, our customers, and the readers of our Blog by saying I never met any nice Dutch people.
I’m very sorry, it was a stupid thing to say. I screwed up, and I’m sorry.
I have learned that there is a significant Dutch population in Central New York, and I am reaching out to them by meeting with leaders of the Dutch Community, and learning about how Dutch immigrants to Central New York have made positive significant contributions to the area, and are a vital part of the community today.
To those of you who have emailed me, stopped me on the street, or stopped in to our Winery, I wanted to say Thank You for correcting, and educating me. As always, I appreciate your feedback, and I will ensure this faux pas will never be repeated.
I know actions speak louder than words.
I am announcing that I will be creating Onondaga Lake Winery Rembrandt Scholarship, which will provide $2000 to a deserving student in Onondaga County Schools. The scholarship will be awarded as a result of a recommendation by the Syracuse Dutch Society, and will be recorded as a Rembrandt Scholar in our Iroquois Room.
I hope these steps will foster cooperation between Ononodaga Lake Winery, and the greater Dutch community.