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Unreserved Wine Talk

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The Unreserved Wine Talk podcast features candid conversations with the most fascinating people in the wine world. Your host, award-winning journalist Natalie MacLean, dives into how it feels to compete in the nerve-wracking World's Best Sommelier Competition, the shadowy underground of wine forgery… read more


141: Fruit Wine, Pet-Nat Bubbly & Slovenian Wines with Nikki Goddard

Why are fruit wines becoming more popular and how do they differ from grape-based wines? What is Pét-Nat-style wine and which ones should you try? What are wines from Slovenia like, and which foods pair best with them?

In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting with wine writer and educator, Nikki Goddard.

You can find the wines we discussed at



Why are fruit wines becoming more popular?

Which incredible fruit wines should you try?

Why do these newer styles of wine attract lovers of other artisanal beverages?

What is Pét-Nat-style wine?

How does Nikki put a unique spin on colour descriptors for wines?

What’s it like to taste Kabaj Sivi Pinot?

Which foods pair especially well with Kabaj Sivi Pinot?

What do you need to know about Subject To Change "This is Not Wine"?

How did Questions of Taste influence Nikki’s wine career?

Why does Nikki love her RBT decanter?

Why does Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery hold special meaning for Nikki?

What unique way did Nikki permanently commemorate her love of wine?

Why does Nikki prefer Napa Cabernets from the 80s and 90s?

What was it like for Nikki to meet Jancis Robinson?

What are Nikki’s top tips for getting comfortable with wine?


Key Takeaways

Nikki gave us an excellent overview of why are fruit wines becoming more popular and how they differ from grape-based wines. She’s made me thirsty to seek these out more often.

I also thought she did a great job explaining the Pét-Nat-style bubbly and why it’s so trendy these days. Adding that to my list as well.

And finally, she sparked my interest in Slovenian wines. Even though I have tried several, and liked them immensely, I’m looking forward to drinking more of them and experimenting with food pairings.

  Watch Party

Join me for the debut Watch Party of the video of this conversation that I’ll be live-streaming for the very first time on Zoom on Wednesday, August 18th at 7 pm eastern.

You can save your spot for free right here: I’ll be jumping into the comments as we watch it together so that I can answer your questions in real-time.

I want to hear from you! What’s your opinion of what we’re discussing? What takeaways or tips do you love most from this chat? What questions do you have that we didn’t answer?



You can win an exclusive online tasting with Nikki Goddard.

Of course, you can invite friends or family to attend. She'll select a theme that suits you and let you know which wines you can buy in advance.


How to Win

All you need to do is comment on my post on Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn before 7 pm EDT on August 18th.

I’ll select the winner randomly from those who participate. You get a bonus entry for every wine-loving friend you tag and if you re-share this post in your stories.

Good luck!


About Nikki Goddard

Nikki Goddard is a Bay Area wine writer and educator. With over 14 years of wine industry experience, Nikki has written for a wide range of companies and publications including, Vivino, Delectable, Wine Folly, SommSelect, The Spruce Eats, Dry Farm Wines,, Foley Family Wines, Edible East Bay, Beverage Industry News, and more. She is certified through the Wine and Spirits Education Trust at the Diploma level and has taught courses for levels 2 and 3. Nikki worked for several years as a wine buyer and previously co-owned The Barrel Room, a wine bar in San Francisco.

Nikki fell in love with wine while studying Textiles and Apparel at Cornell University. Beguiled by the wines of the Finger Lakes and realizing that she had a greater affinity for the laid-back, epicurean lifestyle of an oenophile than for the cut-throat fashion industry, she decided to make wine her life’s career. The more Nikki shared her passion for wine with her friends, the more she became aware of a serious lack of approachable, engaging discussion around the subject—resulting in a lot of intimidation around what should be one of life's greatest pleasures. To make wine more accessible and fun for all, she has committed herself to bridging the gap between knowledge and enjoyment.


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