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A Chateau on a hill

For our fourth installment of our Woodinville Winery series we are featuring DeLille Cellars!

Thank you to Alante Photography for sharing the images with us!

Florals all by Flora Nova Design.

DeLille Cellars is a very popular winery in Woodinville.

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This family owned winery has been producing ridiculously great wine for nearly twenty years. Their exceptional wine list led to the distinction as the only wineries in the world chosen for both the Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines of the World lists for two consecutive years.

Their Chateau is set up on a hill slightly outside of the main circle of tasting rooms in Woodinville. If you drive past at night you are likely to see their drive way lit by beautiful trees covered in twinkle lights!

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Maria & Travis 8/2/2013

The villa is surrounded by beautifully manicured grounds, a beautiful pond, and a sheep or two!

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The Chateau is an incredibly popular wedding venue and one of the select wineries featured in the wedding show, “Weddings in Woodinville”.  There is a large wood burning fireplace inside the chateau’s main room. Not only does it add a slightly rustic feel to the beautiful main room, but it is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a glass of wine during a party in the fall and winter.

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Florals by Flora Nova Design

The outdoor space is absolutely stunning at anytime of year! Every time I have been here the patio has been tented and set up beautifully!

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If you are looking to have a party or wedding here it’s best to plan well in advance. There is sure to be a long list of people wanting available dates.

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Because of their popularity, their tastings are held just down the road at their carriage house. For a $15.00 fee you can sample some of their limited production wine. If you purchase two bottles of wine the tasting fee is waved!

Tasting Room Hours:
Sunday-Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you have a party of six or more please call ahead so they can have the staff to accommodate your party with the special care they are known for.

I have had several of their wines and the reds have to be my favorites! It doesn’t really mater which one… they are all amazing! You can’t go wrong picking up a few bottles of wine at the carriage house!

Cheers!

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Modern Woodinville Winery

For the third installment of our Woodinville Winery Blog series we take a look at

 Novelty Hill Januik!

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I would like to thank Amelia Soper Photography for sharing these amazing images with us!

There will be a full vendor list at the end of this post with links!

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Sarah and Devin leave Novelty Hill – Januik Winery after their wedding!

Novelty Hill Januik is by far the most modern looking winery in the Woodinville area. The stylishly modern building isn’t what most people think of when they think wine country.  However, being surrounded by lush greenery and one spectacular tree that appears to be a few hundred years old, it fits in perfectly.

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The lovely tree that greets visitors when they arrive at Novelty Hill- Januik.

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Novelty Hill Januik is unique. The two wineries have been sharing a production facility and tasting room since 2002 and opened their beautiful venue in 2007.

Under the direction of Mike Januik, the two wineries (Januik and Novelty Hill) share this amazing facitility that has quickly become a popular hang out for locals and an even more popular wedding venue!

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Locals have a closely guarded secret around here… The summer and early fall is absolutely stunning! Sure, we want you to think that it rains all the time… but it doesn’t.

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This venue has a stunning outdoor space as well as their beautiful tasting room with floor to ceiling windows. If you pop in for a tasting you will quickly feel the need to buy a bottle of their AMAZING wine and possibly one of their famous brick oven flat bread pizzas.  (Pizzas are available Friday – Sunday 12 -4pm)

Tastings are available daily from 11am to 5pm.  If you have a party larger than 12 please call ahead for a reservation.

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Regardless of the time of year Januik hosts Wine’d Down Wednesdays! A very popular event featuring live music, wine specials, and a ridiculously tasty menu that puts many popular restaurants to shame!

If you happen to drop by for one of the summer Wine’d Down Wednesdays the outdoor space will be packed with very happy visitors!

Weather permitting, grab a table on their outdoor patio and play a game of corn hole or bocce ball! There is nothing that says “Woodinville Summer” like a bottle of wine in the sun on the Novelty Hill Januik patio.

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This rosé happens to be one of my summer favorites!

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Candles on the Januik patio

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This venue also plays host to many weddings every year. Januik is one of the featured wedding venues in the wildly popular wedding show Weddings in Woodinville. Check their website for tickets, the show is always the last Sunday in January.

For those looking for a more modern venue, it doesn’t get much better than this! With the ability to host from 12 to 150 guests depending on your room choice, this winery fits so many styles.

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Januik also has their own culinary team! Head Chef Seth Fernald leads this extraordinary team to create some of the tastiest plates anyone would love to serve at their wedding!

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It is so hard for me to pick a favorite wine here… I have yet to try one I didn’t like! So try a tasting flight recommended by their knowledgable staff and you are sure to find something you love!

I hope you all enjoy this amazing venue!

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Sarah and Devin drive away from their wedding in one of Butler Valet and Transportation’s beautiful cars!

Vendor List!

(Click the links to be taken directly to the vendors websites)

Event Planner – Taylor’d Events by Jennifer

Photographer – Amelia Soper Photography

Deserts – Midori Bakery

Favors – Lady Yum

DJ – Adam’s DJ Service

Makeup – Me! Thats right I was so fortunate to work on this wedding while I was working with Kathy Evans Beauty Studio. 

Videographer – Bogle Productions

Rentals – AA Party Rentals 

Linens – Choice Linens

Transportation – Butler Valet and Transportation

Officiant – Window to the Soul (Mary Calhoun) 

A weekend in Washington wine country

Starting today I will be writing a Woodinville winery blog series!

Weekends in westen Washington means one thing… A trip to wine country. Now, I’m a little biased having grown up in Woodinville. This area has a special place in my heart.

All of the wineries in this series have tasting rooms in Woodinville.

My first must visit tasting room in Woodinville is Chateau Ste. Michelle.

Even driving up the drive way is an experience! Driving through the iron gates, through the rows and rows grape vines you feel like you are being transported to another world. Once you get through the trees you come upon the chateau. The main house looks like it has been plucked out of the south of France!

The other thing that you might notice when you walk the grounds of this beautiful winery is the amphitheater. Most people who live in surrounding areas are well aquatinted with the outdoor summer concert series that the Chateau holds every year. For those who aren’t familiar getting your hands on tickets to these concerts is not an easy task. They are some of the most coveted concert tickets of the entire year.

Chateau Ste. Michelle summer concert series

Chateau Ste. Michelle summer concert series

Wine club members get first pick of the concerts. Because you needed another reason to be a member right?!  In the past there have been performers like Harry Connick Jr., Michael Bublé, Abba (revival of course), John Legend, The Goo Goo Dolls with Christ Daughty, and The Plain White T’s, and so many more.

I was lucky enough to go to a few of these with friends of mine. The John Legend concert was my birthday present last year. It was AMAZING!

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My best guy friend Andy and me at the John Legend Concert.

You might be thinking… an outdoor concert venue… it can be that good. But trust me they have perfected these concerts over many years. John Legend sounded amazing and it was just him, a piano, and a few sting instruments.

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John Legend Concert

 Now this isn’t your typical convert venue. Bring blankets, beach chairs, your picnic basket, lots of water, and lot’s of wine… (must be Chateau Ste. Michelle though). When they open the gates you pick a spot on the grass and get comfy with your friends. If you run out of wine you can always go to the tasting room and buy more!

There is nothing better then one of these concerts during the Northwest summer. Just make sure that you bring a sweater or a blanket to share with a loved one when it gets a little chilly after the sun goes down.

Now to the really important business… the wine!

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Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah Rose

Here are my favorite wines from Chateau Ste. Michelle for a concert in the summer… or really anytime! Click on the wines listed to be taken to the Chateau’s webpage.

 The Horse Haven Sauvignon Blanc

Limited Release 2013 Syrah Rosé 

Limited Release 2012 Viognier

Limited Release 2010 Mourvèdre

2012 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon

Looking for something bubbly?

Michelle Brut Rose

This happens to be one of my favorites and it makes amazing mimosas!

If you are visiting for a wine tasting on a rainy day or wandering the grounds on a bright, sunny, northwest summer this winery is a must see! I always take out of town guests here for a visit because it is a Woodinville wine country staple.

I hope you are able to make a trip here!

(These are entirely my choices and reviews. All opinions listed in this blog are entirely independent of the winery.)