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Some of you may have noticed the debut of our new screw cap closures on our 2012 Sauvignon Blanc and 2012 Chardonnay. Many of the innovations we continue to adopt at the winery to ensure the outstanding quality of our wines are never personally seen by our fans - but in this case, our commitment to making sure that every bottle is as good as the last can be seen, heard and felt with each opening twist of this new closure. The decision to move to screw cap was made as proactive measure in our ongoing quest against unwanted oxygen ingress (wine’s greatest enemy!) and cork taint. Nothing’s worse than opening your favorite bottle of wine for family and friends, only to discover with the first swirl and sniff that something’s not quite right. I never want anyone to have that experience with our wines. I have had the opportunity to try many red and white wines under screw cap. I have found that the screw cap closure is an excellent method for protecting our wines, even for longer periods of aging, than a regular cork closure. Some customers think that when a winery moves away from natural cork and adopts a new kind of closure that it’s a money-saving move. On the contrary, the cost of using a screw cap is actually slightly higher (due to different glass bottle and closure with modifications to bottling equipment) than our previous synthetic white wine closures. But we think this is money well-spent to ensure that every Markham wine you serve is in perfect condition.

-Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls