Chopin Imports, Ltd. Announces National Partnership with Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA, November XX, 2010 – Chopin Imports, Ltd. today announced the formation of a national partnership with Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. (Southern), the nation’s leading wine and spirits distributor. Commenting on the partnership, owner Tad Dorda said, "Southern Wine & Spirits is the perfect partner in the US to share the story of our unique brand as it builds our brand’s share. Our goal will be to deliver artisan-produced varietal vodkas such as Chopin potato and rye from Poland, the birthplace of vodka. We will do this with Southern all the while remaining small, profitable and handmade.”

Brad Vassar, Southern Wine & Spirits of America’s Executive Vice President-General Manager added, “Chopin Vodka represents one of the finest, small-batch, luxury potato vodkas in the world. We are extremely excited and proud to align nationally with Chopin Imports and we look forward to working with their new Vice President and General Manager, Dana Chandler, to build Chopin Vodka to its full potential.”

Chopin Imports Ltd. will sell Black Potato Vodka and Chopin Red Rye Vodka—to be launched in February 2011—with import partner MHW Chopin throughout the US. The US operation will be run by VP/General Manager, Dana Chandler, a 26-year industry veteran who has previously worked for Gallo, Kendall Jackson, Millennium Import Co. and Russian Standard.

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 33 markets. The multi-state distributor currently operates in: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, 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. In addition, Southern has a presence in Maryland and the District of Columbia through a joint venture with F.P. Winner Wine & Spirits as well as a joint venture operation in Minnesota with J.J. Taylor Distributing Company. 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: www.southernwine.com.

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