California wine train orders off black women’s book club

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Members of a mostly black women's book club say a Napa Valley wine train kicked them off because of their race.

The 11 members of the Sisters on the Reading Edge book club, all but one of whom is African American, say the Napa Valley Wine Train ordered them off Saturday, mid-journey.

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. Singer said the company refunded the women's ticket money.

A police spokeswoman in the Napa Valley town of St. Helena, which the wine train summoned Saturday, said it was the first time she recalled the wine train seeking police help removing a large group.