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.

Mike Januik Looks Back on 25 Years of Washington Winemaking

Mike Januik, Washington WinemakerThe Washington Wine Commission is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012, and to mark the occasion the Commission is profiling 25 Washington State wine industry ground breakers who have been at the forefront of Washington wine over the last quarter century.  Read Leslie Kelly’s interview with Mike Januik to learn more about his career in Washington winemaking and gain insight on how his winemaking style has evolved over the years.  More at washingtonwine.org

 

Mike Januik, Januik and Novelty Hill Wineries

Mike Januik’s been called “the king of Merlot”, but that’s not a crown he’s much interested in wearing.

“I don’t want to be the king of anything,” said the soft-spoken native of California who has been making wine in Washington State since 1984. “As much as I love making wine and drinking wine, there are more important things in life. Like spending time with family, traveling and hiking on the Olympic Pennisula.”

Not that he’s crowing, but Januik has much to be proud of over the course of his long career, which began with a chance meeting on the campus at University of California-Davis, where he got his masters in enology and viticulture.

Seattle Met Names Novelty Hill Januik Among Best Washington Wines

Novelty Hill Januik Among Best Washington WinesWashington wines critic extraordinaire Sean Sullivan has compiled his annual list of favorite Washington wines for Seattle Met magazine’s Sept. 2012 issue, and we’re pleased to be named to the list five times for the following wines, all currently available from the winery: 2009 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon and 2009 Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, both Columbia Valley; 2009 Januik Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon; 2010 Januik Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay and 2011 Novelty Hill Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc. More at Seattle Met Sept 2012

 

Best Washington Wines: The 2012 List

Januik Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2009
Winemaker Mike Januik spent 10 years as head winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle before starting his eponymous winery in 1999. This is cabernet sauvignon at its most aromatic and rich with vanilla, cocoa, and dark cherry. 91 points — $30

Novelty Hill Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2009
Winemaker Mike Januik has a knack for making top-quality cabernet sauvignon at affordable prices. This appealing wine’s sweet cherry flavors are accented by vanilla, spice, and other oak notes. It’s a steal at this price. 91 points — $25 — Buy

Januik Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2009
This rare 100 percent cabernet sauvignon from one of the state’s top vineyard sites is as structured as a drill team, with chalky tannins and restrained fruit flavors. It should last in the cellar as long as you care to hold it. 91 points — $55 — Buy

Januik Chardonnay Cold Creek Vineyard Columbia Valley 2010
Though he left Ste. Michelle in 1999, winemaker Mike Januik continues to purchase grapes from the winery each year to produce this standout chardonnay. $30 — Buy

 Novelty Hill Wines Sauvignon Blanc Stillwater Creek Vineyard Columbia Valley 2011
Hailing from the winery’s estate vineyard, Stillwater Creek, this appealing sauv blanc is a riot of spices and tropical notes with a creamy feel on the tongue. $18 — Buy