Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida to Contribute to State’s Step Up For Students Program
Company’s Donation Will Provide Scholarships to Students

MIAMI, Florida, July 13, 2010 – Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc.,(Southern) the nation’s leading wine and spirits distributor, announced today that it plans to participate in the State of Florida’s Step Up For Students Program. This effort is an initiative of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program and provides private-school educational scholarships for students from households whose income meets federal guidelines.

Southern plans to channel scholarship support to authorized educational charities in lieu of a share of its Florida State excise taxes. The program provides annual private school tuition scholarships of up to $3,950 and served 24,871 students in about 1,002 private schools this past year. In the coming weeks, Southern will provide funding to Step Up For Kids SFO, a state-approved scholarship funding organization, which will allow the organization to provide scholarships to individual eligible recipients in counties that Southern designates.

“It's our intent to apply $5 million to this program, focusing on those counties where Southern is active—both in terms of employing residents and serving the trade community,” said Wayne Chaplin, President & Chief Operating Officer of Southern Wine & Spirits of America.

Mr. Chaplin continued, “Southern has always believed that people are our most important factor for success. By supporting this program, we hope to contribute to providing for the future success of eligible children across the State of Florida.”

About Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc. Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor with operations in 30 states. The multi-state distributor currently operates in: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia—as well as the additional seven states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah through the Southern-Odom/Spirits West partnership. Southern has recently announced the formation of a joint venture in Minnesota with J.J. Taylor Distributing Company and in Maryland and the District of Columbia with F.P. Winner Wine & Spirits. Southern also holds operating licenses and permits in Nebraska and Texas. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. employs more than 11,000 team members. For more information contact:

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