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                         THE ROBERT MONDAVI CORPORATION

                           CONSTELLATION BRANDS, INC.

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         Set forth below is a transcript of remarks from a conference call held
by Richard Sands, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Constellation Brands,
Inc. ("Constellation"), on October 19, 2004. Constellation will file the text of
questions and answers from the conference call as soon as reasonably

                                  RICHARD SANDS
                            TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2004

         Good morning and thank you for joining us on such short notice.

         By now you have probably seen the media release we issued announcing
our offer to acquire the outstanding stock of The Robert Mondavi Corporation.
The media release included a copy of the offer letter we sent to Mondavi's Board
of Directors and subsequent correspondence between the two companies.

         A week ago, we confidentially approached Mondavi's Chairman and
requested that our two companies commence discussions with respect to our offer.
It has always been our preference to negotiate with Mondavi on a confidential
basis. However, Mondavi's announcement yesterday of their receipt of a proposal
to acquire the Company will cause speculation with respect to our stock and
theirs. Therefore, we felt compelled to publicly disclose our identity and the
details of our premium all cash offer and to fill in the gaps left by Mondavi's

         I'd like to spend the next few minutes outlining the terms of our offer
to Mondavi and why we believe it is a superior alternative to the restructuring
exercise proposed by Mondavi's management.

         Our offer is superior to Mondavi management's restructuring exercise by
any standard.

         It represents a significant premium to Mondavi's stock price. We are
offering $53 per share for the outstanding Class A and $61.75 per share for the
outstanding Class B shares. That's a 37% premium to the closing price of
Mondavi's stock on October 11, the day before we made our offer. Furthermore,
our offer respects the premium allocation between the Class A and Class B shares
that Mondavi arrived at in connection with its proposed recapitalization.

         Our all cash offer also represents a significant premium to Mondavi
management's projected equity value based on management's proposed
restructuring. Last month, at a Banc of America investor conference, Mondavi
management projected that over time Mondavi can achieve a total equity value in
the range of $749-$929 million, assuming the divestiture of Mondavi's luxury
brands at favorable valuation levels and through a business restructuring that
management indicated may take up to a year to complete. We're offering $970
million for the whole company today. Our offer exceeds the high end of Mondavi
management's range of projected equity value and represents a 29 percent premium
to the low end of the range.

         Furthermore, our offer represents a multiple of 14 times Mondavi's 2004
EBITDA--an attractive valuation for any Mondavi shareholder.


         And finally, Mondavi management's restructuring exercise is laden with
risk, as outlined in their preliminary proxy statement filed October 8, 2004.

         Now, if someone tries to convince you that the risks outlined in their
proxy are nothing more than "boilerplate" legal language, let me assure you,
these risks are real.

         By contrast, our offer is for cash that you can take to the bank today,
which eliminates the risk inherent in Mondavi management's restructuring

         By the way, we'd like to clarify a couple of things.

         Mondavi's press release from yesterday indicated that Mondavi had
declined a request to suspend implementation of its proposed recapitalization.
Our letter made clear that our offer is not conditioned upon finalization of
Mondavi's recapitalization plan and we see no reason to delay our combination.
However, we have made several serious requests that Mondavi refrain from
disposing of any assets or otherwise pursue a restructuring plan that would
adversely affect the premium we can make available to Mondavi shareholders and
we have made that very clear to Mondavi.

         In yesterday's press release, Greg Evans mentioned that Mondavi is
"uniquely qualified to seek the highest value from" the luxury assets. If this
means pursuing the proposed restructuring plan, we couldn't disagree more. That
plan is rife with risks and uncertainties and - best case scenario - will
deliver value substantially below our proposed offer.

         I'd like to make one additional point regarding the proposed
recapitalization. Just as our offer honors the economic effect of the
recapitalization, we would be willing to consider allowing a shareholder
approval that would give effect to the one share/one vote aspect of Mondavi's
proposed recapitalization.

         So, why does a Constellation/Mondavi combination make sense?

         The combined organization would have significant scale advantages.

         Constellation's well-developed distribution network in certain key
markets outside the U.S. provides Mondavi with important routes-to-market to
grow its brands outside the U.S. Currently, Mondavi generates only about ten
percent of its revenue from markets outside the U.S. Conversely, Constellation
generates more than half of its branded wine revenue from markets outside the

         Access to our distribution network, particularly in Europe, will allow
Mondavi to capitalize on favorable consumer trends in Europe and accelerate its

         On its face, the transaction is immediately accretive to
Constellation's earnings per share. Furthermore, the combination of revenue
growth opportunities and cost synergies creates a VERY accretive transaction in
future years--accretive to operating margins, earnings per share and cash flow.


         Before we move into Q&A, I'd like to quickly summarize the terms of our
offer to Mondavi and why it's a superior alternative to Mondavi management's
restructuring exercise.

         Our offer to acquire Mondavi Class A stock at $53 per share and Class B
stock at $61.75 per share is a great deal for Mondavi shareholders. Our all-cash
offer represents a substantial premium without the risks inherent in Mondavi
management's restructuring exercise:

        o     37% premium to closing stock price on October 11, the day before
              our offer;
        o     Up to 29% premium to Mondavi management's own estimate of 
              Mondavi's projected equity value, assuming completion of the
              proposed restructuring, which is subject to significant risks 
              and uncertainties;
        o     This transaction is immediately accretive to earnings per share; 
        o     At 14x EBITDA, it represents a very attractive valuation for 
              Mondavi shareholders

I want to note that our offer is not subject to financing or any unusual
governmental or third party approvals and that we have fully committed financing
in place.

         It is our strong preference to work with the Mondavi Board and
management to negotiate a mutually agreeable transaction and we believe we can
reach an agreement very quickly if we sit down together.

         We are very serious about our offer and are committed to pursuing a

         Thank you for your time. Now I'll entertain questions.


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This script contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section
27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act
of 1934. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and
uncertainties, many of which are beyond Constellation's control, that could
cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in, or implied
by, such forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of
historical facts included in this script are forward-looking statements. All
forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this script.
Constellation undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking
statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
There can be no guarantee that any transaction between Constellation and Mondavi
will occur. In addition to the risks and uncertainties of ordinary business
operations, the forward-looking statements of Constellation contained in this
script are also subject to the following risks and uncertainties: Constellation
achieving certain sales projections and meeting certain cost targets;
wholesalers and retailers may give higher priority to products of
Constellation's competitors; raw material supply, production or shipment
difficulties could adversely affect Constellation's ability to supply its
customers; increased competitive activities in the form of pricing, advertising
and promotions could adversely impact consumer demand for Constellation's
products and/or result in higher than expected selling, general and
administrative expenses; a general decline in alcohol consumption; increases in
excise and other taxes on beverage alcohol products; and changes in foreign
currency exchange rates. For additional information about risks and
uncertainties that could adversely affect Constellation's forward-looking
statements, please refer to Constellation's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the
fiscal year ended February 29, 2004 and Constellation's Quarterly Report on Form
10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended August 31, 2004.

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Depending on future developments, Constellation may file with the SEC a proxy
statement for solicitation of proxies from the shareholders of Mondavi in
connection with Mondavi's annual meeting which is scheduled to take place on
November 30, 2004. We urge investors and security holders to read any such proxy
statement if and when it becomes available. Any such proxy statement would
contain important information. Investors and security holders would be able to
obtain a free copy of such proxy statement, if and when it becomes available, at
the SEC's internet site (http://www.sec.gov (http://www.sec.gov) ) or directly
from Constellation by making a request to: Constellation Brands, Inc., 370
Woodcliff Drive, Suite 300, Fairport, New York, 14450, Attention: Corporate
Secretary. Constellation and certain other persons referred to below may be
deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies. The participants in
any such solicitation may include certain directors and executive officers of
Constellation. A detailed list of the names of Constellation's directors and
officers is contained in Constellation's proxy statement for its 2004 Annual
Meeting, filed with the SEC on June 17, 2004, which may be obtained without
charge at the SEC's internet site (http://www.sec.gov (http://www.sec.gov) ) or
by directing a request to Constellation at the address provided above. As of the
date of this communication, Constellation owns 100 shares of Mondavi


Class A Common Stock. To Constellation's knowledge, none of the officers or
directors of Constellation who would be expected to participate in any such
solicitation of proxies owns any shares of Mondavi Class A Common Stock or
Mondavi Class B Common Stock. Except as disclosed above and in Constellation's
proxy statement for its 2004 Annual Meeting, to the knowledge of Constellation,
none of the directors or executive officers of Constellation who would be
expected to participate in any such solicitation of proxies has any material
interest, direct or indirect, by security holdings or otherwise, in Mondavi or