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Wine Train Issues Apology To Black Women Booted From Train

File / Eric Risberg / AP

FILE: In this photo taken Thursday, June 2, 2011, a couple takes pictures at the back of the Napa Valley Wine Train as it makes its way through St. Helena, Calif.

File / Eric Risberg / AP

(AP) - The Napa Valley Wine train has issued an apology to a mostly black women's book club who say they were booted from the train because of their race.

Wine train chief executive officer Anthony "Tony" Giaccio issued a statement Tuesday saying the company was "100 percent wrong in its handling of this issue." Giaccio pledged to offer additional diversity training for employees. He also asked for their apologies for their "many mistakes and failures."

Wine train spokesman Sam Singer said train employees had asked the women to either quiet down or get off the wine train and accept a free bus ride back to their starting point.

The 11 members of the book club, all but one of whom is African American, say rude train employees ordered them off Saturday, mid-journey and marched them down the train aisle to their embarrassment. Club members were not available for comment Tuesday.