This Small Change to Our Bottles Has a Big Impact
The Kendall-Jackson you know and love now features a screw cap closure.
For almost 40 years, our Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay and Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Pinot Noir have been bottled with a cork. With the release of our 2020 vintage, we’re proudly introducing our new screw cap closure on every standard-sized 750 ml bottle of Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Or, as the Aussies like to call them: twisties!
Screw caps (also known as twist-offs) are already popular here in Sonoma County, California, across the United States and in other countries. In fact, 90% of New Zealand wineries and 70% of Australian wineries use them. And if you’re a Kendall-Jackson super fan, you’ll know that many of our other wines like Vintner’s Reserve Rosé and Vintner’s Reserve Sauvignon Blanc have long been bottled with a screw cap. Above all, we want to assure you that the wine inside the bottle you know and love won’t be changing.
These closures offer many benefits, and we are excited to be making this change. Here’s why:
No Corkscrew Required
Pack the wine and glasses but leave the corkscrew! Screw caps are perfect for all your outdoor adventures, as well as your weekend-long TV binge sessions with friends. They make it even easier for you to enjoy your wine. All you have to do is twist, pour and enjoy! Simply hold the top of the bottle at the foil and the bottom of the bottle with your other hand and twist the opposite way. Plus, they're resealable, so if you don't finish the bottle, you can twist the cap back on and store for later.
We’re always finding new ways to better care for the environment. When it comes to sustainability, every detail matters. Screw caps are made from aluminum which is one of the most recycled materials. Like glass, aluminum is infinitely recyclable and won’t degrade in quality. A lot of curbside recycling programs have strict rules about what can and can’t go into a bin. Screw caps are more sustainable because they are 100% recyclable and are accepted by many curbside programs.
Goodbye Cork Taint
All wines that use natural cork are at risk of cork taint. Cork taint is caused by a mold in cork fibers called 2, 4, 6, Trichloroanisole (TCA) and it’s one of the most common problems wineries face. Although this mold is harmless to ingest, it can make a vibrant, aromatic wine smell like a wet dog or newspaper. This is where the expression “the wine is corked” comes from. Screw caps eliminate these risks and help maintain quality by keeping the wine in the bottle vibrant!
Maintain Oak & Fruit Influence
Corks are a great tool for bottle aging wines because they slowly allow oxygen in, helping the wine evolve. Although it does take patience and time to age wine, screw cap closures keep wine bottles sealed and safe from oxygen influence. This means your wine will maintain the intended fruit and oak influences for a longer period of time. So don’t worry, screw cap closures won’t change the signature kiss of butter and toasty oak of our Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay or the bright red fruit and earthy notes of our Vintner’s Reserve Pinot Noir.
Do the Twist!
With all these benefits of a screw cap closure, it may be surprising that we waited until the 2020 vintage to use them, but it’s never too late to change! Show us where you're enjoying your twisties and tag us @kjwines. Cheers!