Ep 15: Nikki Hawkes
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Welcome to our new drinks podcast, Wine Flight! Hosted by Sophia Longhi and Ben Franks. Every fortnight, we interview a new guest with a shared love for wine. Sophia and Ben face off with a flight of wines and we ask each guest to pick a winner at the end of the podcast.

In this episode of Wine Flight we're joined by entrepreneur, marathon hero and fitness enthusiast Nikki Hawkes. Nikki currently runs the fintech business Stratiphy, and previously founded an events business that launched the Ciderthon in Somerset. Having recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Nikki shares her hiking, running and fitness stories - including doing a marathon dressed as a water bottle to promote the reduction of single use plastic at events. With Mexican heritage, we chat a lot about food and travel, too.

Throughout the podcast, Nikki drops tips on hangover cures, getting famous on TikTok and how to get into running, all while we drink a selection of exciting wines from New Zealand, Chile, Spain and Australia. As usual, at the end of the podcast, Nikki must choose her favourite wine and this episode's winner! Find out who wins by listening in.

You can find out what Nikki is up to by following her @nikkihawkes on Instagram, or connect with her on LinkedIn.

The Wines:

Wine 1 - Robert Oatley Chardonnay, Australia (Sophia)

Wine 2 - Field of Stones 9.5% abv Marlborough Rosé, New Zealand (Ben)

Wine 3 - Errazuriz Estate Pinot Noir, Chile (Sophia)

Wine 4 - Finca Constancia Castilla Tinto, Spain (Ben)

Listen on your favourite app, or visit wineflightpod.com for the full series.

This episode was recorded in February 2023. 


Ben Franks FRSA is the Managing Director of the international drinks consultancy Ben Franks Wine, helping bring brands to the UK market. He is also the co-founder of the multi-award-winning wine merchant Novel Wines and Canned Wine Co., a sustainability-focused alt-format wine business putting Europe's best wines in can.

Sophia Longhi is the owner of wine blog skin+pulp, winner of the IWSC Emerging Talent in Wine Communication Award 2022 and was named one of Wine GB’s Great British Wine Industry Women of 2021. She is an acclaimed wine writer, wine judge and tastings host.

Wine Flight is produced by Ben Franks Wine Ltd and edited by Kat Agg. Follow @BenFranksWine on Twitter, or Instagram. Read all of the latest insights from Ben Franks Wine online.

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