Southern Wine & Spirits of Indiana to Commence Statewide Operations in July 2010

Company Hiring Indianans and Readying Facilities

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, June 21, 2010 – Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc., the nation’s leading wine and spirits distributor, announced today that it plans to commence statewide operations in Indiana starting July 2010.

According to Wayne Chaplin, President & Chief Operating Officer of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, “Everything in Indiana is right on schedule. We are pleased by the talented people we have been able to attract, the readiness of our facilities and the warm welcome we have received in the Indiana marketplace.”

Gerald Rivero, Jr., Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of Indiana, added, “We have completed the up fit of our new ‘home’--a 211,000 square-foot distribution facility in Greenwood, Indiana. In addition, we have two satellite hubs in Gary and Evansville as well as a 7,500 square-foot sales office in the state capital of Indianapolis. The Greenwood distribution facility is truly cutting edge with hi-tech, automated sortation and shipping systems—all integrated with our warehouse management system (WMS) backbone.” Operations will begin next month, covering the entire state of Indiana with a dedicated delivery fleet servicing all of the state’s retail customers,” added Rivero.

The Company’s recruiting and hiring plans are well advanced and it will be fully staffed with Indiana-based professionals by next month’s commencement of operations. Detailing its statewide hiring plans, Brad Vassar, Executive Vice President, General Manager, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, explained, “We are extremely excited to draw on an exceptionally talented and skilled pool of Indianan professionals and are thrilled that we have been able to create the number and quality of jobs that we have in this challenging economy.”

In commending Southern’s planned investment and hiring plans in a Indiana Economic Development Council press release from June 6, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels said, “We’re glad that Southern Wine and Spirits has chosen Indiana to expand its distribution network and create opportunities for Indiana workers.”

Mr. Rivero confirmed that in Indiana, the Company will represent several global and US-based suppliers such as Diageo, Diageo Château & Estate Wines and Majestic Fine Wines. Mr. Rivero said, “We are confident that we will provide the excellent level of customer service and operational expertise for which Southern is known across the U.S. We know that our Indiana operation will benefit Indiana customers, consumers and communities alike—as well as our suppliers whose brands we are honored to represent.”

Southern Wine & Spirits of Indiana’s management and sales administration office is located at 8888 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46240; its telephone is 800-545-2146.

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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