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Constellation Wines U.S. Announces New Vice President of Luxury Wines

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Constellation Wines U.S. Announces New Vice President of Luxury Wines09:30 EDT Wednesday, August 04, 2010~ Pierre Noique to lead dedicated Luxury Wine team~SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Constellation Wines U.S., the leading premium wine company in the U.S., announced today the addition of the newly created position of vice president of luxury wines and a further increase in resources towards its fast-growing luxury wine business. The addition of this role is a result of the company's increased focus on its luxury wines and properties to further enhance their growth prospects. Constellation's powerful portfolio of brands include, Robert Mondavi Winery, Franciscan Estate, Simi, Kim Crawford, Wild Horse, Mount Veeder Winery and many other trusted quality wines.  In addition, a dedicated luxury wine sales team has been created to focus on further strengthening Constellation's role in the luxury wine community and responding to the needs of Constellation's consumers.  Jay Wright, President of Constellation Wines North America, said, "The luxury wine category is one of the most important parts of our business and we are well poised to focus on the incredible luxury brands within our portfolio and the best way to bring them to market while responding to consumers needs."Pierre Noique, an accomplished luxury wine professional with 15 years of sales and brand building experience, has accepted the new position.  He will be based in the Constellation Wines U.S. San Francisco office and will report to Marty Birkel, President of Sales, Constellation Wines U.S.  Pierre joins Constellation from nine years at Niebaum~Coppola/Rubicon Estate in Rutherford where he last served as Vice-President, National Sales & Marketing. Previously he was Director of Sales, Western Division, and prior to that the Midwest Regional Manager. Pierre previously held roles as the Midwest Regional Manager for 12 States at Martin Sinkoff Wines in Chicago, and as the area Export Sales Manager at Vignerons du Val D'Obrieu in Narbonne, France a leading French wine company specialized in private labels. He received a BA degree from the University of Montpellier III, in Montpellier France, and an MBA from E.S.C. Toulouse Graduate School of Business, in Toulouse France. Wright added, "We are thrilled that Pierre will be joining the organization to help our sales and marketing teams lead these critical efforts."About Constellation Wines U.S.Constellation Wines U.S. is the U.S. division of Constellation Brands, the world's leading wine company that achieves success through an unmatched knowledge of wine consumers, storied brands that suit varied lives and tastes, and talented employees worldwide. With a broad portfolio of widely admired premium products across the wine, beer and spirits categories, Constellation's brand portfolio includes Robert Mondavi, Hardys, Clos du Bois, Blackstone, Arbor Mist, Estancia, Ravenswood, Jackson-Triggs, Kim Crawford, Corona Extra, Black Velvet Canadian Whisky and SVEDKA Vodka. Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B; ASX: CBR) is an S&P 500 Index and Fortune 1000® company with more than 100 brands in our portfolio, sales in about 150 countries and operations at more than 40 facilities. The company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to our brands, to the trade, to the land, to investors and to different people around the world who turn to our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. We express this commitment through our vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more about Constellation, visit the company's web site at Constellation Wines U.S.For further information: (CWUS) Nora Feeley - VP Corporate Communications, +1-415-912-3752