New Label Design

thumbnail-NH-chardWe have a new look!  If you visited the Woodinville winery tasting room over the summer, you may have noticed we quietly started releasing new vintages of both Januik and Novelty Hill wines with a stylish new, label.  Now that fall is here, watch for our new design to begin appearing on retail shelves and at your favorite restaurants too.

Both new packages tell a story about their respective wineries: Januik’s new label is indicative of the beauty and understated elegance of Mike’s winemaking; Novelty Hill’s design is a visual depiction of Washington State’s unique growing region and the winery’s estate vineyard Stillwater Creek.

thumbnail-Januik-newThe transition to the new package begins with the 2013 reds and 2014 whites and should be complete by late spring 2016.

We hope you agree that our new look is in keeping with the quality of wine veteran winemaker Mike Januik has been bottling since Januik’s founding in 1999 and Novelty Hill’s first vintage in 2000.  We invite your comments on this page and encourage you to share our new look on your favorite social media channel as well.

15 90+ Rated Wines

weFrom top-rated wines to top-rated destinations, Novelty Hill Januik has been in the news quite a bit recently.  We liked the Four Seasons magazine’s description of us as a “pair of outstanding wineries overseen by one extremely talented vintner, Mike Januik” in an article highlighting top Woodinville winery destinations.  We also agree with Leslie Kelly’s list of 30 Dishes and Drinks that define Seattle in  She lists our pizza as a top happy hour pick, with Wednesday Wine’d Down in mind, no doubt.

Then there is the July 2014 issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine that include a whole host of highly rated wines from both Januik and Novelty Hill.  Have a look:

95 pts. 2012 Januik Bacchus Vineyard Riesling

95 pts. 2011 Januik Reserve Red

94 pts. 2011 Januik Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Syrah

93 pts. 2011 Januik Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

93 pts. 2011 Januik Klipsun Vineyard Merlot

92 pts. 2011 Andrew Januik Stone Cairn Cabernet Sauvignon

92 pts.  2011 SWC Cab – Cellar Selection

91 pts. 2011 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain

91 pts. 2012 Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Viognier Editor’s Choice

91 pts.  2012 Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Chard

91 pts. 2011 Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Merlot

91 pts. 2011 Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

90 pts. 2011 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

90 pts. 2011 Novelty Hill Merlot, Columbia Valley

90 pts. 2012 Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Grilled Halibut with Watermelon Radish Salad

The first of this spring’s fresh Alaskan halibut is now available in grocery stores. This delicious white fish is easy to like for its mild, slightly sweet flavor, simple preparation and firm yet flaky texture.

Here’s a quick-to-prepare recipe for the grill, particularly pretty when served with watermelon radishes but any variety of radish will do.  Thanks to winery sous chef Jonathan Pappalardo for sharing this recipe with us.  He suggests pairing it along with the newly release 2012 Januik Sagemoor Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc featured in the spring 2013 Classic Cellar Circle shipment.  Recipe serves 4.

2 lbs. halibut cut into (4) 8 oz. portions
salt and pepper to taste
virgin olive oil to cover fish
5 watermelon radishes

1/3 C lemon juice
1/3 C apple cider
1T dijon mustard
2 tsp coriander
chopped mint
1 C extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Lightly oil, salt and pepper halibut steaks.  Sear on hot grill.  Do not cook all the way.  Put in shallow baking dish, completely immerse in olive oil.  Poach in 325° oven 15-20 minutes, until tender.  Thinly slice watermelon radish, set in cold water and drain.  Whisk together vinaigrette ingredients, toss with radish.  Serve over poached halibut.

Peppered Beef Stroganoff

One of the things we like best about this time of year is that cold temperatures seem to beg for a big, bold red, like Cabernet Sauvignon.  This easy stroganoff, courtesy of the winery’s in-house chef, Megan Hartz, pairs beautifully with our Cabs and fills the bill when comfort food is on the menu.

Serves 4


2 T. salt
1 T. pepper
(4) 8oz.  beef tenderloin steaks
3T. olive oil divided
8 oz. crimini mushrooms, quartered
1 ¼ C. beef broth
1 T. Cognac or Brandy
½ C. whipping Cream
1T. Dijon mustard
(1) 9 oz.  package of wide egg noodles
¼ C. chopped fresh parsley

Sprinkle salt and pepper over both sides of steaks.  Press to adhere.  Heat 1T. olive oil in large non-stick skillet over med-high heat.   Cook to desired wellness, about 4 minutes each side for medium rare.  Transfer beef to plate & tent with foil.   Add 1 T. oil and mushrooms to same skillet; sauté until browned, about 4 minutes.  Add broth and Cognac; boil 2 minutes.  Add Cream; boil until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.  Whisk in mustard.   Meanwhile cook noodles in a pot of boiling salted water until al dente.  Drain & return to pot.  Toss with parsley and olive oil.  Season w. salt and pepper.  Divide among plates.  Slice steaks and place top noodles. Spoon sauce over .
Serve with your favorite Novelty Hill or Januik Cabernet Sauvignon.

Eight Highly Rated Picks in Recent Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator’s Nov. 15 and Nov. 30, 2012 issues featured eight 90+ rated wines from Januik and Novelty Hill, including 93 pts. for the 2009 Januik Reserve Red and 91 pts. and a “Smart Buy” designation for the 2009 Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley.  The new ratings now push the two wineries’ combined 90+ rated wines from Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate to 159 in total.  A limited amount of a few of these wines are still available from the winery tasting room or on-line.  Read the reviews here:

2009 Januik Reserve Red – Velvety and graceful, with well-defined blueberry, currant and roasted red pepper flavors that mingle easily against refined tannins. This has a nice transparency that lets the flavors shine through, lingering on the balanced finish.  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec.  WS 11/15/12  BUY

2009 Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley – 91 pts.  SMART BUY Smooth in texture and effusive with its plum, dark berry, mint and cream flavors, rolling easily through polished tannins on the long finish.  BUY

2009 Novelty Hill Merlot, Stillwater Creek Vineyard – 91 pts.  Lean and lithe, this red focuses its blackberry, blueberry and plum fruit in a narrow beam that sails through the fine tannins and lingers expressively.  WS 11/30/12  BUY

2009 Novelty Hill Syrah, Columbia Valley – 92 pts.   Rich, focused and remarkably fresh in flavor, this big wine delivers blackberry, red plum, floral and cream character in a deftly balanced package. WS 11/30/12

2009 Januik Cabernet Franc, Weinbau Vineyard – 91 pts.  Polished, spicy and distinctive for a lovely rose petal aroma that floats through the dark berry and chocolate flavors. Fine tannins show on the finish.  WS 11/30/12

2009 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley – 91 pts. Delivers ripe, rich, unvarnished currant and cherry character on a frame balanced deftly to keep everything in bounds and nicely wrapped in fine texture. Hints at tea and spice as the finish lingers. WS 11/15/12

2009 Novelty Hill Syrah, Stillwater Creek Vineyard – 91 pts.  Supple, ripe and appealing, offering juicy blackberry and floral flavors that dance deftly past refined tannins to liven up the finish.  WS 11/30/12 2009 Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Stillwater Creek Vineyard – 91 pts.  Fresh and polished, playing plum, currant and bay leaf flavors against hints of tobacco and coffee. Finishing gracefully.  WS 11/30/12