Meet August’s Employee of the Month

Olivia Frederiksen started working at Novelty Hill Januik in March of 2017, and is now our newest Event Staff Lead.  She attended University of Idaho, and now is attending Washington State University. Olivia is getting her degree in HBM and hopes to work somewhere in Hospitality management one day.  One of her favorite things about the winery is getting to listen to Mike Januik’s daily jokes. Her favorite wine here at Novelty Hill Januik is Andrew Januik Stone Cairn Cabernet Sauvignon. Although Olivia enjoys cutting butter for events in the kitchen, her favorite thing to do is work our events and help run them. One thing Olivia thinks is interesting about working at Januik is that no day is ever the same, there are always different people to meet, and different events to work.

Meet July’s Employee of the Month


Cellar Master Grady Kenealey has been with Novelty Hill-Januik for many years.

Fueled by espresso and good humor, Grady’s many contributions to winemaking at NH-J include being master forklift driver, inventory expert for all your favorite wines, and ice cream distributor for the bottler’s lunches.

Grady claims Royal Slope Red is his favorite NH-J wine. Grady is also a connoisseur of Northwest brews and brown liquor. Along with his colleagues in the cellar Grady is known to enjoy a classic local burger at The Horseshoe Tavern.

As one of the many food lovers here at NH-J, some of Grady’s favorite perks of the job are free wine & gourmet food prepared by the winery’s culinary team and during harvest Mike Januik’s hardy breakfast delights.

This month we would like to celebrate this newlywed for his longtime contributions to the Winery. We are proud to have him as part of the winery family.

Meet June’s Employee of the Month

Amarah DeAmborossio started working at Novelty Hill Januik a few months ago and has been a great addition to our kitchen staff.  She attended Edmonds Community College and hopes to one day own her own kitchen. One of her favorite memories working at the winery so far is when her and the other kitchen staff cooked for a small party of businessmen who were from Japan.  She loved seeing how much they enjoyed their night and how thankful they were to the kitchen and event staff for putting on the dinner.  Amarah’s favorite wine here at Novelty Hill Januik is our 2014 Januik Weinbau Vineyard Malbec, and one of her favorite things to do in the kitchen is to cook salmon.  Amarah says the best thing about working here is “getting to do something different every day.”  She loves cooking for a variety of people and seeing all the happy guests.  We love having Amarah in our kitchen.  She brings great energy, enthusiasm, and helps keep our kitchen boys under control.

Meet May’s Employee of the Month

Cody McCormick has been working at Novelty Hill Januik since Spring 2015.  He attended Edmonds Community College and hopes to one day work in the music industry producing music or work for a company where he will be able to travel often. One of his favorite memories working here so far was at the fall release party when our wine club members joined him in a little bit of a dance party. Cody’s favorite position here at the winery is working behind the bar, he loves being able to interact with our guests and loves to joke around with them to make sure they have a good time. Cody says that his favorite wine here is the Petit Verdot, he enjoys the “texture and funky, yummy flavors” that it offers, he also occasionally enjoys drinking a glass of our Spring Run Rosé on a nice warm day. The most unique part about working here to Cody is how our entire staff is like one big family and we all can’t wait to see each other because we have so much fun while also getting the job done. We love having Cody on our team, we enjoy his upbeat personality and how we can always count on him to make a long work day much more enjoyable.

Meet April’s Employee of the Month

Katie Benjamin has been working at Novelty Hill Januik Winery since December 2016. She attended college at Colorado State University where she received a degree in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management. Like most people under the age of 25, Katie is not certain what path she wants her career to take but is very interested in Human Resource Management, Supply Chain Management, and the Wine Industry. Her favorite memory so far working at the winery has been her first wedding experience, she loved seeing how our space evolved through the night and how much fun the guest and couple had while celebrating their big day. Katie’s favorite varietal is Syrah and she especially loves our 2013 Januik Ciel Du Cheval Syrah. Her favorite position to work is the events but enjoys working tasting room hours occasionally, to help educate our guest about our wines and to let them know her favorites. Katie says, “The best part about working at Novelty-Hill Januik Winery is the people! Everyone is fun, patient, and wanting to make an atmosphere that both customers and co-workers enjoy.” She loves the team and the unique events that we help create here at the winery, and we love having her here.

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