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.

James Beard Celebrity Chef Dinner at Novelty Hill-Januik

seth-thumbnailThe James Beard Foundation’s (JBF) Celebrity Chef Tour will make its only visit to Washington State this year on Thursday, June 16 for a spectacular evening of food and wine at Novelty Hill-Januik Winery.  Tickets are $200 per person, including tax and gratuity, and are available now through the JBF web site.

The JBF Celebrity Chef Tour showcases the culinary artistry of featured chefs and brings the famed James Beard House dining experience to cities across the country. Guests attending this summer’s Woodinville dinner will have the opportunity to interact with participating chefs throughout the evening and savor a six-course menu designed to complement an acclaimed collection of limited-release and library wines from both Novelty Hill and Januik wineries.  The event will benefit the James Beard Foundation.

The culinary talent assembled for the evening reflects winery Executive Chef Seth Fernald’s (pictured) bi-coastal influence. Fernald moved to the Pacific Northwest from New England in 2013, drawn to the region by the bounty of local growers, winemakers and artisan purveyors. In addition to Fernald, the evening’s featured chefs include Aaron Harmon, Temple Bar, Cambridge, Mass.; Eric Teachout, Nourriture Food, Seattle; Lauren Thompson, Café Juanita, Kirkland; and Adrien Vasquez, Steel & Rye, Milton, Mass.  View Menu.

Evening sponsors include Grand Event Rentals; Fena Flowers; and music by Treated N Releaset.

More information is available by emailing jbf@noveltyhilljanuik.com.


3 Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner: Rain, Wind, Power Outage

thumbnail-Ashley-Kenny-1Anyone who’s ever seen “The Wedding Planner” loves to taunt those of us who handle weddings at the winery by asking, “Do you work in high heels and a fancy dress?” Our answer, “Heck no!” Others pose the question, “Do you wear a walkie-talkie headset?” To which we answer, “Well, sometimes, if that’s what it takes.” Our job is to be the executor of our client’s dream day, something they have envisioned for years, if not most of their lives. Talk about pressure!

Unless you’ve worked in this industry, you think of weddings as being these fun, glamorous events, which they are, of course, but . . . there are a LOT of details behind the scenes that make a wedding picture perfect. Even when all the groundwork has been expertly laid out, you can never plan for the unexpected. But expect it! Whether small or large in scale, it’s bound to happen.

Take, for example, Ashley and Kenny’s story. They chose the last Saturday in August for their Woodinville wine country wedding date, sure to be a safe bet for some Seattle summer sun, right? Not quite. The region was hit with a huge wind and rainstorm that knocked out power mere hours before their ceremony. With a meal for 100 guests still needing to be cooked and set up not yet completed, what’s a couple to do? Relax and let the wedding planner handle it!

Our team jumped into action quickly, hooking up a generator to power the kitchen appliances and calling in our dear friends at Wave Link Music to handle elegant emergency up lighting. The power ended up coming back on moments before the ceremony, of course, and the rest of the evening went off without a hitch, despite the weather’s best attempt to damper our spirits.

Would you have any idea this all went down by looking at these beautiful photos? With the right planners and vendors by your side, you too can have the perfect day (and we’ll keep the behind-the-scenes details to ourselves)!

Photography: Alison May Photography

Décor, Floral, Dessert & Wedding Planning: Blue Ribbon Cooking 

Officiant: Rev Ray Winkle

DJ: Luna Bella