You might notice a difference when opening your first bottle of 2011 Handprint Merlot, and it’s one that we’re really excited to share with you. The 2011 Handprint is the first wine from Meeker to be closed with DIAM

We are committed to using the wine closures that deliver you the best-tasting wines every time. That’s why we’ve switched most of our wines to screw caps to make sure you don’t ever get a “corked” bottle of wine. With traditional corks, taint affects 2-7% of all bottles of wine. That means something like 1 in 20 bottles of wine is ruined! Traditional corks also have more unreliable seals, which can cause problems like leaking bottles, pushed corks, and more.

We’ve continued to close the Handprint Merlot and Four Kings with cork because lots of people prefer cork on higher-end wines. We’ve now found a solution that is far superior to traditional corks and will replace all traditional corks for the Handprint Merlot and Four Kings moving forward. Here’s what you need to know:

  • DIAM corks are made primarily of natural cork, and they’ve been in the marketplace for more than 10 years. I wanted to be sure that we saw success and good history before switching Handprint and Four Kings to a new closure.

  • DIAM corks are 100% guaranteed to be 100% free of TCA 2,4,6 (the chemical responsible for cork taint or “corked” wine). They’re also guaranteed to be free of up to 160 other aromatic compounds that can change the taste of wine.

  • Not only does DIAM 100% guarantee the corks to be taint free, they have a 10 year guarantee to maintain their structural integrity and the seal of the bottle.

  • We’ve now eliminated the possibility of cork-tainted wine from all Meeker wines bottled after July 2014. That’s really exciting for us, and hopefully for you as well.

I just gave myself a high five I’m so excited about this closure. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or check out

Thanks, as always, for your continued support, and I promise to do everything I can to continue to bring you the best wines we can.

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