March 6, 2016

Colle Stefano, Verdicchio di Matelica, 2011


Bought a six pack of these 2-3 years ago. Drank a few and stashed a few in the cellar as I thought it might develop with a bit of age. I was right, this was better than I remember, so definitely worth squirelling away a few bottles if you can get hold of it. Exel Wines has the 2014 vintage available just now for £64.63 for six, so just over a tenner a bottle. That is great value in my humble opinion.


From the Marche region of Italy. Sweet nose of...

January 25, 2016

Its Burns night tonight, so haggis for tea. As Burns himself said, its "warm-reekin, rich". So we'll need a wine just like that. A wine capable of standing up to the "Great chieftain o' the puddin' race". I know just the thing....


Chateau Musar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon (2003)


A good friend of mine (with a great golf swing) recently extolled the virtues of the 2002 offering from Musar. Knowing I had some of the 2003 tucked away I decided I should revisit. "I said the 2002, this is the Le...

January 19, 2016

After a tasting lots of 2014 burgundy this week it was nice to get back to my own wine rack at the weekend. After Mrs Wineloon prepared a pasta dish from the RIver Cafe Cookbook on Friday night, Tuscany came calling....


"Le Difese", Tenuta San Guido, 2012


This has been one of my go to Italian reds for a couple of vintages now. Its a good alternative to Chianti Classico, another of my favourite wines. So if you like Chianti with your spaghetti, give it a try. 


Le Difese is the 3rd wine of T...

January 11, 2016

Had to be an Alsace pinot noir for my wine of the week this week.  I have tasted a load of Alsatian wines over the last few weeks for my next Root + Bone article (issue 9, out next month). 


Although I have enjoyed Alsation pinots in the past, I have had more experience and pleasure from Alsace's more renowned white grapes. I thought the Pinots would be a bit of a sideshow. How wrong I was. It was the pinots that stole the show. Really unique, bursting with character and...

January 3, 2016

Le Grappin, Boucherottes, Beaune 1er Cru, 2013




Amazing red Burgundy made by an Aussie who lives in South East London. Had it on New Year's Eve and our guests loved it. Intense raspberry aromas. Crunchy fruit but light and silky smooth. Refreshing and well balanced finish.


A special wine.

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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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