Mr. John R. Preston has joined Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc. in the capacity of Vice President, Finance and Administration. The appointment was effective January 15, 2004.

Mr. Wayne E. Chaplin said, "John comes to Southern Wine and Spirits with not only an extensive background and experience within the beverage alcohol industry where he served in various managerial and executive positions for the former Seagram Company LTD, but a