November 7, 2016

This article was originally published in issue 15 of Glass of Bubbly magazine, November 2016

As with most wine lovers I like nothing more than discovering a new wine. And being a bit of a sucker for funky bottle art, if it’s got an interesting looking label then even better.

My latest discovery is a new Champagne called Gilles & Olivier. Their aim is to turn Champagne from something for toasting a celebrations to an everyday drink. As co-owner Olivier Broyé told me, “we are aiming to produce Cham...

August 31, 2016

No matter what the product is, brands sell. Beanz meanz Heinz, right?

Wine is no different. A great Gattinara is way better than a bad Barolo. But the sad fact is the bad Barolo will sell more. Probably at a higher price. Why? Because people have heard of Barolo. It has a brand identity. Consumers are therefore willing to put their trust in the product and part with their hard earned cash.

Nowhere in the wine world are brands more important than Champagne. The large champagne houses are household...

August 31, 2016

This article was published in Glass of Bubbly Magazine, Issue 14, September/October 2016

I visited Northern Piemonte recently expecting a solid diet of Nebbiolo and not much else. I did taste a lot of Nebbiolo but my lasting memory of the trip was the discovery of a new grape, Erbaluce. Although I tasted some very good still Erbaluce wines, and some excellent sweet Passito, it was the sparkling Erbaluce wines that really stood out.

Erbaluce thrives in the Caluso DOCG, near Turin on the edge of th...

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My name is Simon Reilly. I am a wine writer based in South East London. I am passionate about discovering new and exciting wines which offer value for money. I write about the wines I taste and other related wine stuff that I think is interesting, brilliant or annoying.


My aim is to write about wine in a straight forward way that is accessible to everyone.


I have had my writing published in Root+Bone magazine, Root + VineJancis Robinson's Purple Pages, Glass of Bubbly and Decanter.

I have been shortlisted for a few awards for my writing; the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Awards 2017 in the "Emerging Writer" category and the 2017 Millesima Wine Blog Awards in the "Wine Reporter" category.


I also came second in the Born Digital Wine Awards 2017 in the "Best Investigative/Journalistic Wine Story" category.


One of these days I might win one, but as an Aberdeen FC fan, these days I am happy enough with second place. Stand Free. 


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