Napa Valley Wine Train Apologizes To Black Women Escorted Away For #LaughingWhileBlack

This story disturbed me on so many levels. I have spent a great deal of time in Napa, and have noticed a lack of diversity in the wine industry as well as in the patrons. The wine train is not a “library” where one quietly sips wine and ponders the meaning of life. Many bachelorette parties and groups of girlfriends partake (sometimes to excess). This incident is a symptom of Napa needing to take a hard look at the message they are sending. I’ll be blogging more on this soon…


Remember that poor group of women that were kicked off of a Napa Valley Train wine tour just for laughing? They’re now getting the apology they deserve from the train’s CEO, Anthony “Tony” Giaccio.

The full statement Giaccio wrote to the members of the Sistahs on the Reading Edge Book Club reads as follows:

“The Napa Valley Wine Train was 100 percent wrong in its handling of this issue. We accept full responsibility for our failures and for the chain of events that led to this regrettable treatment of our guests.

“Clearly, we knew in advance when we booked your party that you would be loud, fun-loving and boisterous—because you told us during the booking process that you wanted a place where your Club could enjoy each other’s company. Somehow that vital information never made it to the appropriate channels and we failed to seat your group where you could enjoy yourself…

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