One of 30 “Wineries to Discover”

WINE-Spectator-Jan-2017-thumbnailWine Spectator magazine, one of the most prestigious wine publications in the world, named Novelty Hill-Januik one of “30 Wineries to Discover.”  The editors’ picked 30 wineries from around the globe that “fly under the radar of most wine lovers,” for a Jan. 31, 2017, cover story on 30 wineries to trust.  “Both labels (Januik and Novelty Hill) deliver high quality across a wide spectrum of modestly prices wines,” wrote the Spectator’s Harvey Steiman. “Ratings tend to cluster around 90 points,” he wrote, observing the styles of both wineries are similar, “showing off (winemaker Mike) Januik’s hand for balancing power and restraint,” but also noting it is each wineries vineyard sources that “create diverse styles.”

The article recommends five favorite 2013 reds (see below), and while these wines are sold out in the tasting room, they may be found in select restaurants or wine shops.  All of these are remarkably consistent, and The 2014 vintages of four of them are now available online and in the Woodinville tasting room.

“These are wineries that deserve your attention, and we encourage you to discover all they have to offer,” wrote Wine Spectator, referring to the 30 New and Old World wineries from around the globe featured in the January cover story.  If you haven’t discovered winemaker Mike Januik’s talent for crafting exceptional wines vintage-after-vintage, we hope you will soon.

Recommended in Jan. 31 – Feb. 28, 2017 Wine Spectator

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2013 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain Vineyard — 93 pts.  “This supple, expressive red tames its formidable Red Mountain tannins, which support a glowing core of black cherry, guava and rose petal.”

2013 Januik Cabernet Franc, Weinbau Vineyard — 90 pts. “Celebrates the minty, floral overtones and powdery tannins of Cabernet Franc (an unsung hero in Washington) without sacrificing the dark fruit.”

2013 Novelty Hill Cascadia — 91 pt.  “This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec layers toasty, peppery notes with black fruit flavors.”

2013 Novelty Hill Grenache, Stillwater Creek Vineyard — 91 pts.  “Shows lovely refinement, with suppleness and floral notes around dark fruit and pepper.”


Seattle Times Shares the Story of Novelty Hill

blending-CascadiaSeattle Times wine columnist Andy Perdue tells the story of how Novelty Hill came to be in this fun article from the July 31 issue of the paper’s Sunday Pacific magazine.  Read the full article here and don’t miss these three wine recommendations, all still available in limited quantities on our shopping page:

Three from Novelty Hill, from the Seattle Times 7/31/2016

Novelty Hill Winery 2014 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Roussanne, Columbia Valley$23: Washington winemakers haven’t really found a consistent style with this white Rhône variety, but this example could well become a standard-bearer, thanks to beautiful aromas and flavors of tropical fruit backed by remarkable acidity.

Novelty Hill Winery 2013 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley$30: Here’s a classic example of what can be crafted from Stillwater Creek. This cab is rich with aromas and flavors of ripe, dark fruit and chocolate, yet backed by suave elegance. Enjoy for the next 20 years.

Novelty Hill Winery 2013 Cascadia, Columbia Valley$50: The inaugural vintage of this red blend is nothing short of stunning. Leading with cabernet sauvignon, it unveils aromas and flavors of ripe, dark berries; cocoa powder; and new leather. Everything is backed by velvety tannins that provide a lengthy finish.


Drink Wine, Save a Salmon

salmon-safe-thumbnailBack in 2007, Novelty Hill’s estate vineyard, Stillwater Creek, became the first “Salmon Safe” vineyard in the Columbia Valley.  The designation recognizes vineyards for environmental practices that help protect water quality and habitat for fish and wildlife, particularly native Northwest salmon.

Over the last decade, the program has grown as Seattle’s NBC affiliate KING-TV- reported in a story about Salmon Safe vineyards this month.  Today, more than 240 vineyards in Washington and Oregon are certified Salmon Safe.

Novelty Hill-Januik’s commitment to Salmon Safe extends beyond the vineyard to the tasting room.  Once again this year, the winery is donating $2 to Salmon Safe for every bottle of Spring Run Rosé sold at the winery or online.  A limited supply of this seasonal favorite is available now for $16 a bottle.  Made exclusively from grapes grown at Stillwater Creek, the 2015 Spring Run Rosé is a blend of is 46% Syrah, 28% Mourvèdre and 26% Grenache.  This is a lively, vibrant wine with fresh cherry and wild berry aromas and flavors that linger across a bright, balanced finish.  So when you hoist a glass, not only can you feel good about your purchase supporting care of the environment, your taste buds are in for a treat too.

Cafe Juanita Chef de Cuisine Joins James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour

Lauren-Thompson-thumbnailAn all-star cast of top chefs from Seattle and Boston will be working their culinary magic at the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour when it makes its only stop in Washington State this year at Novelty Hill Januik Winery in Woodinville on Thursday, June 16 at 6:30 pm.

Cafe Juanita‘s chef de cuisine Lauren Thompson is one of five featured chefs preparing an unforgettable multi-course feast that Seattle foodies won’t want to miss. Named to Seattle Met’s “Next Hot Chef” list in 2015, Lauren has spent the past decade working alongside Cafe Juanita’s Holly Smith and Lark’s Jonathan Sundstrom. The Zimbabwe born, Texas raised chef told Seattle Met last year, “I am fanatical about seasonal ingredients,” and her passion for fresh food will take center stage at the June dinner. She will prepare Gnocchi Alla Romana
Peas, Pancetta and 30 Month Parmigiano-Reggiano served alongside the Andrew Januik Stone Cairn Cabernet Sauvignon.

Tickets to the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour are $200 per person may be purchased here. Seating is limited.

Andrew Januik & Zagat’s “30 Under 30”

Andrew-thumbnailWhat does Andrew Januik  have in common with 29 other Seattle food, beverage and hospitality all-stars?  “Innovation, drive (and he is ) younger than Michael Jackson’s Thriller,” according to Zagat.  Oh, and all of them made Zagat’s “30 Under 30” list, announced today.

Here’s what Zagat’s Jackie Varriano had to say about Andrew, winemaker for Novelty Hill, Januik and of course his own label, Andrew Januik Wines.

“His first job was putting boxes together for his parents’ winery’s first release — the 1999 Januik Chardonnay. By 15 he had made his first rosé, and although he left the winery to attend UW (earning a degree in Spanish and Portuguese studies), he missed working in his lab in Woodinville. Now he’s back to blending and celebrating the release of the third vintage of his Red Mountain Stone Cairn Cabernet and the inaugural vintage of his Lady Hawk Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet. What’s next? Andrew is working on partnerships with wineries around the globe to create South American or South African Januik-branded wines.”

Read about the 29 other “Rock Stars Defining the Industry” here.

Woodinville Wine Tasting

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