Nate Goetz

My interest in wine began in college living abroad with a family of Danish oenophiles. Not only did they cultivate an appreciation, but taught me the importance of wine’s role in engaging people through storytelling. With their encouragement, I traveled to meet my German relatives discovering my ancestral connection to viniculture. By the time I arrived home, those experiences had laid the foundation for a lifelong passion.

During a successful, two-decade long career in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, I honed my unique writing style and built a diverse publications portfolio; all while fostering continued exploration in the world of wine. Taking advantage of my proximity to AVAs in southern California and central North Carolina, I began writing about the sense of place wine creates through the lens of smaller regions.

My first “gig” as wine columnist for The Heart of Hillsborough magazine allowed me to explore the experience of wine through tasting, storytelling and interviews that complimented life in the historic town of Hillsborough, NC. After moving to Chapel Hill, I started Prose & Wine to focus further on wine’s sense of place and its role in inspiring the stories that define us. I also continued my former wine column, In Good Taste, as a blog series by expanding it beyond the geographical borders of Hillsborough.