Seattle Times Shares the Story of Novelty Hill

blending-CascadiaSeattle Times wine columnist Andy Perdue tells the story of how Novelty Hill came to be in this fun article from the July 31 issue of the paper’s Sunday Pacific magazine.  Read the full article here and don’t miss these three wine recommendations, all still available in limited quantities on our shopping page:

Three from Novelty Hill, from the Seattle Times 7/31/2016

Novelty Hill Winery 2014 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Roussanne, Columbia Valley$23: Washington winemakers haven’t really found a consistent style with this white Rhône variety, but this example could well become a standard-bearer, thanks to beautiful aromas and flavors of tropical fruit backed by remarkable acidity.

Novelty Hill Winery 2013 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley$30: Here’s a classic example of what can be crafted from Stillwater Creek. This cab is rich with aromas and flavors of ripe, dark fruit and chocolate, yet backed by suave elegance. Enjoy for the next 20 years.

Novelty Hill Winery 2013 Cascadia, Columbia Valley$50: The inaugural vintage of this red blend is nothing short of stunning. Leading with cabernet sauvignon, it unveils aromas and flavors of ripe, dark berries; cocoa powder; and new leather. Everything is backed by velvety tannins that provide a lengthy finish.

 

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 zagat.com.  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

Mystery Library Wine Clue for April 3rd #TBT

bottle-shockIn recognition of Throwback Thursday (#TBT) , we are offering a  limited release library wine for purchase at the winery tasting room only each Thursday through the end of April.  A new wine will be featured each week.  Quantities are limited, so when it’s gone, it’s gone. Finally, to add some mystery (and fun) to #TBT, it’s up to you to guess the vintage and varietal of the featured wine.

This Thursday, April 3, our #TBT wine is from Novelty Hill. Wine Spectator gave it 91 pts., Wine Advocate awarded it 90 pts., and it features Argentina’s most famous grape.  It was also harvested the same year as this classic wine flick.

 

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.