We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Gallizzi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michael, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I founded Nobbli Ltd with two other partners to bring unique wine and spirits that are socially and environmentally conscious into Colorado. The grain to glass movement in my home state of Michigan is being driven by Ironfish Distilleries in Thompsonville, MI. This brand is growing and sourcing all its ingredients for their spirits locally and helping to employ many bar tenders and farmers in rural northern Michigan. During the pandemic, they were able to convert from spirit production into providing hand sanitizer to the local hospital system. They have a barrel exchange program with the local maple syrup makers to create to create their Maple Barbour, which has become one of their more popular whiskeys. At our core, Nobbli Ltd wants to connect high quality spirits that are socially, economically, and environmentally helping their local communities
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My professional career is driven by making peoples’ lives better. I am a Duke University fellowship trained spine surgeon who took that training to the next level. I perform the most robotic spine surgeries in the state of Colorado with the Globus Excelsius GPS robotic spinal robot system. In addition, I am the leader in endoscopic spine surgeries, think of a knee scope for the spine, in the state of Colorado. After an extremely long road of medical training, 12 years post undergrad, creating a liquor and wine import company was truly as passion project. We went over 5 years before we were to able to find a great distributor to work with us and help bring our company to life. While the micro brew and small batch movement was taking off, we noticed that some high quality and delicious brands were being suppressed and wanted to right size the import and distribution to better represent their brands. What makes this even more enjoyable is that everyone in our company is a life long friend and shares that same passion for bringing socially and environmentally sustainable brands to the wine and spirits industry.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We would start off in Washington Park at Devil’s Food for an amazing pastry and coffee . Take a nice walk around the park, and head to Perdida for some excellent coastal Mexican. We would then head to the Clayton club’s roof top for drinks by the pool, head home and change for an outdoor side walk dinner at Le Bilboquet in Cherry Creek. Saturday, we would head up to the old historic South Platte Hotel for a hike along the river, followed by dinner at Sushi Den.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Richard Anderson: Cofounder and partner in the family owned Iron Fish Distillery, Michigan’s first farm distillery.
Michael Klauer : Momentum Beverage Team 27 years of experience as a Manager and Entrepreneur with demonstrated success of working in the energy drink, wine, and spirits industry
Christy Hanson: Providing endless love, support and encouragement to start and run Nobbli Ltd
Instagram: @minimally_invasive_spine & @nobbliltd
Photo credit Christy Hanson