Southern Wine & Spirits of Indiana to Distribute Moët Hennessy USA Brands
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, November 1, 2010 – Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc. (Southern), the nation’s leading wine and spirits distributor, announced today that, effective November 8, 2010, it will become the distributor for Moët Hennessy USA’s (MH-USA) portfolio of luxury wine, champagne and spirits brands within the state of Indiana.

Mark Cornell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Moët Hennessy USA a global leader in the luxury wine and spirits industry commented, “We are delighted to extend our distribution relationship with Southern Wine and Spirits. This move—built on our long-standing, strategic relationship with Southern and our experience working with Gerry Rivero, Southern Wine & Spirits of Indiana’s Executive Vice President-General Manager—gives us every confidence that Moët Hennessy will achieve new levels of success in the State of Indiana.”

Southern’s President & Chief Operating Officer Wayne Chaplin added, “We are honored that Moët Hennessy has chosen our Indiana organization as the steward of their brands, continuing a long history of growth through alignment between our companies. We are confident that the success shared—and knowledge gained—in the various markets that we proudly represent Moët Hennessy brands will help ensure a winning combination within the State of Indiana.”

Gerald Rivero, Jr., Executive Vice President-General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of Indiana, added, “I am truly excited to lead the team representing Moët Hennessy’s leading, luxury brands in Indiana. I was honored to be entrusted with these great brands when I was in Florida, and am heartened to see the MH-USA/Southern relationship extended to the great State of Indiana.”

About Moët Hennessy USA
MOËT HENNESSY USA is the leading importer and marketer of luxury wines and spirits in the U.S. The Moët Hennessy portfolio includes renowned brands such as: Hennessy Cognac; Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Krug, Veuve Clicquot and Ruinart champagnes; Belvedere vodka; 10 Cane Rum; Grand Marnier; Glenmorangie and Ardbeg single malt Scotch whiskies; and fine wines, including Chateau d’Yquem, Cheval des Andes, Terrazas de Los Andes, Cape Mentelle, Cloudy Bay, Greenpoint, Newton Vineyard and Domaine Chandon California sparkling among others. Moët Hennessy has a strong consumer focus with an uncompromising commitment to building luxury brands. For more information contact: Samantha Barnes, 212-251-8430.

About Southern Wine & Spirits of America
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.

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