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.

Meet February’s Employee of the Month

Riley Beck has been working at the winery for a few years now. We are so lucky to have him on our team! He attended Washington State University and is currently debating between grad school, or continuing in the wine business. Riley started on the events team, has worked in the tasting room and last fall moved to the cellar. The cellar is his favorite position at the winery. He has always been an excellent part of the team in every department. His favorite memory from working at the winery is digging out the final fermentation tank during harvest. It was a bittersweet moment because harvest was winding down. He was glad, though, that his hands would return to a normal(ish) color. Riley’s current favorite wine is our Champoux Vineyard Malbec. Something he especially enjoys is getting to work hands on with a product so many people enjoy.

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

Shipping included on case orders thru March 3, 2017.  Use code SPECTATORSHIP

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.”