C.K. Mondavi Winery Ships One-Millionth Case of C.K. Mondavi Wine to SWS of Arizona
For Immediate Release                              Contact: Michael Jahn
                                                                    Executive Vice President, General Manager
                                                                    Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona
                                                                    and New Mexico
                                                                    Telephone: (520) 628-7226


C.K. Mondavi Winery Ships One-Millionth Case of C.K. Mondavi Wine to Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona

State’s Leading Distributor Receives Praise from C.K. Mondavi Family Vineyards

TUCSON, ARIZONA - October 17, 2007 – Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona, a division of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., the nation’s leading wine and spirits distributor with a tradition of delivering the highest levels of service excellence since 1968, today announced it had received news from Marc C. Mondavi, Proprietor of C.K. Mondavi Winery of St. Helena, California, that it had received delivery of the one-millionth case of C.K. Mondavi wine, a 1.5 liter Merlot, congratulating the Arizona distributor, the entire Southern  network and its other distributor partners for their support.

In particular, the Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona team was singled out for praise for its role in attaining this “great honor” by Mr. Mondavi, according to Michael Jahn, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona and New Mexico.  

In a September 5, 2007 e-mail Mr. Mondavi wrote to Mr. Jahn: “This marks a very important milestone that has been a personal goal of mine. As a result of a collective effort from many, starting with the vineyard workers and winemaking team, sales team and our distributor partners, we have worked together to build one of America's most popular brands. Thank you for your efforts and continued support of the C.K. Mondavi Family Vineyards. I look forward to reaching our next milestone...Two Million Cases!”

Mr. Jahn said, “On behalf of Wayne E. Chaplin, our President and Chief Operating Officer, Harvey R. Chaplin, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Mel Dick, our Senior Vice President and President, Wine Division, and our entire Arizona sales and operations team, I want to congratulate Marc Mondavi and his entire team at C.K. Mondavi Winery for attaining this historic sales achievement. We look forward to working closely with Marc and his team at C.K. Mondavi Family Vineyards to help them reach the two million case level as soon as possible. I would also like to add that our work here in Arizona with Marc Mondavi and his team is reflective of the relentless drive and focused discipline we bring to our efforts on behalf of all our supplier partners we are privileged to serve.”

About Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.

Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor, with operations in 28 states. The Company currently operates in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Company also has a strategic partnership with Alaska Distributors Co. of Seattle, Washington, called Southern Wine/Spirits West, a joint venture that has wine and spirits brokerage operations across the Northwest Control States of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. employs more than 10,000 team members. For more information contact: www.southernwine.com.

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