Valentine Serendipity From Our Friends At TRIbella

There is a lot more than just #ThePerfectPour as you will learn in this story of Valentine Serendipity From Our Friends At TRIbella. TRIbella is a company born out of much more than the innovation of inventor Skip Lei and long-time friend and business partner Tom Beehler.

Happy Valentines's Day

Happy Valentines’s Day

Valentine’s Day is not just a celebration of romantic partnership but also an acknowledgment of great friendship, an example that Skip and Tom have lived. Friends first, careers at Nike, and then as entrepreneurs, now friends and business partners at TRIbella. Both of these men are examples to live by in how we exist and respect one another, certainly deserving of a Happy Valentine’s Day shout out.

But this story is not just about them, this story is about true Valentine Serendipity. Over the last few years that I have been doing business with TRIbella I have developed a friendly relationship with Tom Beehler whom I order all of the TRIbella products that I use, recommend, and sell on my website. After conducting business Tom and I usually have a personal conversation making both of our work fun. As Tom and I are quick to acknowledge it’s not the work it is all about the people and relationships.

TRIbella Aerator and Case

TRIbella Aerator and Case

My youngest daughter, one of my three children that I am so proud of, was a student-athlete at Arizona State University. She is now a CPA living and working for one of the “Big Four” accounting firms in Portland Oregon. Oregon is also the world headquarters of TRIbella and the home to both Skip and Tom and their respective families.

Last June I mentioned to Tom that my daughter would be moving to Portland in August and he immediately mentioned his son’s roommate throughout college was a young man he thought very highly of and had known for a very long time. Tom suggested he would like to introduce my daughter to this young man who is also a CPA. so she would know someone when she made the move to Portland. As an over protective dad, I thought this sounded like a great idea.

Well in August my daughter embarked on her new life as an adult and career professional. She was so busy getting situated and learning her new job as an auditor that she never had time to connect with Tom and the young man he so kindly wanted to introduce her to. By this time Tom had mentioned introducing this highly regarded young man 2 or 3 times to me but my daughter was just so busy getting settled she barely had time to call home.

Moving forward six months and my daughter well settled into life and career I could tell from our conversations she was ready to meet someone nice in her life and begin dating. As her dad, I thought within in a large office of 400 people she would meet someone nice with whom she would have something in common. Unfortunately though as an auditor she is rarely in an office as she commutes to her firm’s clients offices.

Two months ago my daughter lets me and her mother know she had met someone and was going out to dinner with him. She has now been dating him for a few months and on Martin Luther King’s Birthday, she was going to her boyfriends’ parents house to meet them and have dinner. So late that Monday evening she began texting my wife and then myself. She was in their kitchen and saw a wine bottle with a TRIbella aerator on it and she of course immediately asked where they had gotten their aerator?

The young man’s mother responded by saying her next door neighbor Tom and his friend Skip retired from Nike and started this company called TRIbella and that they made these wine aerator products. My daughter exclaimed that my dad is friends with those gentlemen and sells their TRIbella wine products on his website. In my daughters’ text message she asks if I knew Tom and I responded well yes I do and I have a phone conference with him tomorrow morning.

The next day Tom and I have our phone call and when finished Tom comments and now on a personal note….Tom lets me know his next door neighbor is texting him messages asking if he knows this WineGuyMike fellow. Tom then filled his neighbor in on our relationship and then lets his neighbor know all about my daughter.

Yes, that’s right the very young man Tom Beehler wanted to introduce my daughter to is the man that she met on the job out auditing at her firm’s clients office. It turns out that this nice young man also works for the very same firm. In all of Portland, Oregon and in an office of 400 people she met the young man that Tom wanted her to.

Wine lovers everywhere I offer up to you this story of true Valentine Serendipity. It is with a loving heart I salute Tom, Skip, Carilyn (my TRIbella friends) and all of you the happiest of Valentine’s Day!

From my table to yours,

 

 

 

Sparkling Wine For The Valentine Wine Event

Sparkling Wine For The Valentine Wine Event

Sparkling Wine For The Valentine! A Sparkling Wine Event With WineGuyMike.
Join WineGuyMike for an evening of fun tasting new Sparkling wines. Delicious dessert appetizers presented by Scratch Catering LLC. Mike will feature dessert appetizers with a flight of 5 incredible Sparkling Wines.

Tonights Sparkling Wine For The Valentine Wine Flight

LOUISE DE GRENELLE CUVÉE IVOIRE

LOUISE DE GRENELLE CUVÉE IVOIRE

LA MASCHERA PROSECCO EXTRA DRY

LA MASCHERA PROSECCO EXTRA DRY

JEAN CHARLES CREMANT BRUT

JEAN CHARLES CREMANT BRUT

GRUET BRUT ROSÉ

GRUET BRUT ROSÉ

GRAN GESTA CAVA BRUT RESERVA

GRAN GESTA CAVA BRUT RESERVA

Don’t miss the best Valentine Event in Missoula!

Sparkling Wine For The Valentine

February 09, 2017 6:30 pm-9:00 pm at Katie O’Keefe’s 2100 Stephens Ave, Missoula, Montana 59801

Tickets for this popular event are $25.00 and will be sold in advance. Space is limited and must be reserved no later than 02/06/2017.  

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Wine For Christmas

Merry Christmas to all and to all may your glasses be full of delicious wine for Christmas. The WineGuyMike Wine Club has great wines available at great prices. All you need to do is fill out the form below and click submit and Wine Guy Mike will receive your order that will then be fulfilled. The WineGuyMike Wine Club is available for those living in Missoula and its surrounding areas. 

*All wine selections are available on a limited basis at special wine club prices. Order soon as these selections will sell out.

LUCIEN ALBRECHT CRÉMANT D' ALSACE Brut

LUCIEN ALBRECHT CRÉMANT D’ ALSACE Brut

Gran Gesta Cava Brut Reserva

Gran Gesta Cava Brut Reserva

Qupé Marsanne

Qupé Marsanne

Arcadian Gold Coast Pinot Noir

Arcadian Gold Coast Pinot Noir

Puramun 2013 Reserva Malbec

Puramun 2013 Reserva Malbec

Cougar Crest Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon

Cougar Crest Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon

These are just a few great wines of much more that are available through the WineGuyMike Wine Club.

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Toys For Tots Holiday Wine Tasting

This is our annual Toys For Tots Holiday Wine Tasting for a cause. ABC Fox Montana’s Sarah Gravlee will be co-hosting with WineGuyMike as we come together for an evening of fun and a great cause. Gifts for Infants or Young Teenagers are what is needed to help this year.

Toys For Tots

Toys For Tots

Don’t miss this wine tasting flight of 5 beautiful wines perfect for your Christmas Dinner Celebration!

LUCIEN ALBRECHT CRÉMANT D' ALSACE Brut

LUCIEN ALBRECHT CRÉMANT D’ ALSACE Brut

Qupé Marsanne

Qupé Marsanne

Arcadian Gold Coast Pinot Noir

Arcadian Gold Coast Pinot Noir

Puramun 2013 Reserva Malbec

Puramun 2013 Reserva Malbec

Cougar Crest Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon

Cougar Crest Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon

December 15th, 2016 6:30pm-9:30pm

Katie O’Keefe’s 2100 Stephens Ave, Missoula, Montana 59801 Tickets are available by contacting WineGuyMike at 406.370.7162 or email mike@wineguymike.comtickets are $25.00 each, space is limited and must be reserved by 12/12/2016

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Tasting Thanksgiving Wines With Wine Guy Mike

Thanksgiving Cornucopia

On November 17th, 2016 come and join Wine Guy Mike Tasting Wines selected especially for your Thanksgiving Dinner. The wines that Mike has selected for this special tasting event are comfortably priced so that you can enjoy spectacular wine with your family and friends. Scratch Catering LLC will be providing charcuterie platters to complement this flight of 5 wines.

Tonights Flight

Jean Charles Cremant Brut

Jean Charles Cremant Brut

Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc

Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc

Waters Columbia Valley Syrah

Waters Columbia Valley Syrah

Frank Family Zinfandel

Frank Family Zinfandel

Seuil Graves Rouge

Seuil Graves Rouge

Thanksgiving Wine Tasting with Wine Guy Mike

Thanksgiving Wine Tasting with Wine Guy Mike

Please invite your friends and family for this incredible evening of fun, food, and exceptional wines led by Wine Consumer Advocate Wine Guy Mike.

Event Details:

Date; November 17th, 2016 6:30pm-9:30pm

Place; Katie O’Keefe’s 2100 Stephens Ave, Missoula, Montana 59801

Tickets; are available by contacting WineGuyMike at 406.370.7162 or email mike@wineguymike.comtickets are $25.00 each, space is limited and must be reserved by 11/14/2016

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IT’S WINE TASTING TIME WITH WINE GUY MIKE!

Wine season is upon us and Wine Guy Mike would like to invite you to join him tasting a delicious flight of Italian wine selections and fantastic light appetizers. Mike will be presenting the flight of wines in a fun and informative way that will help you to better understand Italian wines. Be sure not to miss this special evening of fun and sharing that will kick off this WineGuyMike wine tasting season.

Wine Guy Mike wine tasting

Wine Guy Mike wine tasting

Wine Guy Mike has sourced the finest cured meats and cheese selections for this special wine tasting that you will not want to miss out on.

Wine Guy Mike Cured Meat and Cheese Platters

Wine Guy Mike Cured Meat and Cheese Platters

Location; Katie O’Keefe’s 2100 Stephens Ave, Missoula, Montana 59801

Tickets are available by contacting WineGuyMike at 406.370.7162 or email mike@wineguymike.comtickets are $25.00 each, space is limited and must be reserved by 10/13/2016

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Grechetto COLLI MARTANI D.O.C.

First impressions are everything, and the imprints they leave are often indelible. This certainly holds true for this noble wine, Grechetto Colli Martani D.O.C., from the Colli Martani Grechetto D.O.C. area of Umbria situated in Central Italy. The hill cities of Umbria, including the Umbrian capital of Perugia, produce world-class white wines and feature 2 D.O.C.G.  and 13 D.O.C. wines. Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (D.O.C.G.) and Denominazione di Origine Controllata (D.O.C.) are laws that safeguard the quality and quantity of the wine and regulate winemaking methodology, alcohol content, and aging processes. With the D.O.C.G. label, the Italian government goes one step further than D.O.C. to guarantee the stylistic quality of particular wines.

Riedel wine Glass Tasting

Riedel Wine Glass Tasting

The vineyards of Umbria rise from 500ft. to nearly 2000ft. in elevation. The soils of this region are medium-textured and feature rich clay and chalk. The clay provides excellent drainage and enables vintners to grow grapes that translate into wines of a firm, stable structure. The chalky nature of the soil composition lends a sense of desirable minerality to the wines.

Regions of Italy Map

Regions of Italy Map

The Grechetto grapes used in this delicious wine from Terre de la Custodia are harvested in the cool early morning. After they are brought to the winery they are kept cool to avoid premature fermentation. Once the various inoculated yeast strains have been selected, the 10-day cool fermentation process of the grapes begins.  The recently constructed winery features state-of-art equipment designed by local artisans, and the computer-controlled machinery perfectly manages the entire process, from destemming and fermenting to winemaking and aging. The highly regulated operation also enables restraint in the handling of the grapes. There is cool airtight maceration (when the fruit is in contact with skin) slow cool fermentation, and minimal manipulation of juice in the steel tank when aging the wine on the lees, the dead yeast cells which are a by-product of fermentation.  Altogether these controlled steps help impart desirable depth and complexity of flavor to the wine.

Grechetto COLLI MARTANI D.O.C.

Grechetto COLLI MARTANI D.O.C.

This wine is terrific to drink year-round and is nice to drink by itself. But true to Old World culture this wine is outstanding to drink with cheese and appetizers or to enjoy a meal. The Grechetto Colli Martani D.O.C. is not an overly fragrant or overly flavorful wine, yet has notes of subtly nuanced citrus with hints of soothing herbaceous and stone fruit elements. This wine is visually beautiful in the glass featuring a medium golden color. The color reveals a wine with some age, yet due to fermentation and aging in steel barrels and bottle-aging on the lees, it is not too tannic. It really delivers that round, balanced sensation. In the mouth, this wine has an understated, rich yet lively mouthfeel. It also imparts a real balance of fruit, alcohol, and very nice acidity making this a great food wine.

This wine is really a pleasant change of pace for those who enjoy medium-bodied wines that have not been produced utilizing wooden barrels. You know the friends who “whine” and say “I don’t like this wine, it tastes like oak”?  This is a perfect wine for them and for today’s contemporary white wine lover.

This is a wine that I will search out to drink again. I look forward to sharing it with friends and family in my personal wine community anytime: on the patio, at spontaneous gatherings, even at special celebratory or holiday meals. Pairing this wine with fresh seasonal salads, cheese, pork, grilled or roasted chicken, Thanksgiving turkey or delightful appetizers will not disappoint.

Enjoy this delicious Italian wine selection, “cent’ anni!”

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