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By Dan McDermott
Warren County Report
In the days since the Washington Post first reported that Tareq and Michaele Salahi were uninvited guests at Tuesday’s White House State Dinner, the Hume, VA winery they once called home has received several disturbing phone calls, according to the the winery’s tasting room manager.
Diane Weiss, who has worked at Oasis Winery since 2007, said the callers are dialing the wrong number. “If they want to vent to Tareq and Michaele, they need to call America’s Polo Cup. Tareq and Michaele have no affiliation with Oasis anymore,” she said.
Weiss said the winery had received about 7 abusive calls in the past few days. “Most are just nuisance calls. One said ‘You are terrorists who need to be removed from face of earth,’” she said.
Weiss said she has had to unplug the phones for periods of time and has plugged them back in periodically to check messages.
“Tareq and Michaele have not lived here since 2006. In Feb. 2008 the courts removed them from any affiliation with Oasis Winery,” she said.
Weiss said she hasn’t called police since the calls aren’t clearly threatening. “I know these are angry people. I understand that. But they don’t need to call us. I just don’t want some crackpot coming up here thinking Tareq and Michaele are part of Oasis Winery anymore. They don’t live here or work here or have anything to do with us,” she said.
Weiss said she plans to contact authorities if the calls get more threatening.
For now, Weiss said, she hopes to see more customers in to taste wine and fewer reporters.
Oasis Winery remains open for business on the weekends.
Secret Service agents visited the winery Friday morning in search of Tareq and Michaele Salahi.
They have declined to comment through their Facebook page.
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