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.”


Meet January’s Employee of the Month

Laikin Russell has been working at the winery for a few years now. We are so lucky to have her on our team! She attended Eastern Washington University, but is now taking classes at Bellevue College and eventually transferring to Washington State University. Laikin is aspiring to become an event planner. She really enjoys working weddings and plated dinners at the winery. Her favorite memory from working here was watching all the guys on the event staff do the Cupid Shuffle behind the bar during a wedding. Laikin’s favorite part about working at Novelty Hill-Januik is getting to work weddings and be a part of someone’s special day. She really enjoys helping the couples make it all happen.

Meet November’s Employee of the Month

Nathan Pihl began working at the winery just a few months ago. His favorite memory from working here so far was being on the crush pad when our cellar team crushed the last bin of grapes for Harvest 2016. Nathan attended Loyola Marymount University and received a degree in biochemistry. In the future, Nathan would like to run his own wine shop where people can take classes on wine and can help people learn and enjoy wine. Nathans favorite wine is the 2014 Januik Weinbau Cabernet Franc and Andrew’s 2014 Stone Cairn. His favorite part about working here is all of the other staff member who are just as passionate about wine as he is!

Meet September’s Employee of the Month

Mia Dulude has been working for Novelty Hill-Januik winery since summer of 2013. She attended Syracuse University and is aspiring to become a physical therapist. Her favorite memory working at the winery was spent making late night pizzas for a wedding. Mia loves making cheese boards for our tasting room fridge; she also enjoys getting to work in the tasting room and on the events team. Her favorite part about working at NHJ is that there is always something new to learn. At the end of a long day she likes to enjoy a nice glass of Sangiovese. We are so lucky to have someone as great as Mia!