December 27, 2015

An edited version of this article was published in Issue 8 of Root + Bone, November 2015 (


Illustrations by Ellis Van Der Does (



I first tasted retsina, not in some rustic tavern on a remote Greek island, but in an overpriced “Disney does Greek” restaurant in Primrose Hill. My memories of the wine are a bit misty. It happened about 4 years ago while I was still coming to terms with having a small child to look after. In fact, it may well have been the...

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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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