January 27, 2016

London's only winery? Mrs Wineloon would surely grant me an escape from the kids to West London to check that out, wouldn't she? Just to make sure, a quick introductory email to Alex at London Cru and I had been "invited" to meet Alex, have a look around and taste some wines the following Saturday.... "You've been invited to visit London's only winery? That's pretty cool, you should go."


Job done. 


I couldn't go all the way to West London on my own though could I. Another quick call a...

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 20, 2016

After my experiences with the spittoon at the Liberty Wine tasting last week (see Spit or Swallow), it was nice to get back to a post work tasting tonight, where i could steer clear of the spittoons and just drink the wines.


Despite the warnings to avoid lunchtime and after 5pm, I arrived at  a very busy tasting room at about 6pm. Well, I was warned. The location was Vinoteca in Clerkenwell for a tasting of 2014 Burgundy from Mark Haisma, Le Grappin and Jeremy Rechionne, alongside 2014 Rhone fr...

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 14, 2016

Yesterday was a big day for a burgeoning wine writer like me. Yesterday I attended my first trade tasting. Its not that I've never been to a wine tasting before. Far from it. I have regularly enjoyed tasting an array of great wines courtesy of London's finest wine merchants. But those have all been as a customer.


These have typically involved spending an hour or so with my mates wandering about drinking free wine after work, chatting about wine and whatever else and maybe even meet a few...

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. 



January 1, 2016

You know that feeling when you pay someone to do some work for you and you can't help feeling they got the better deal? Well that happened to me at the day job last week. We've paid some consultants so much money in the last 12 months that they invited a few of us out for some special pre-Christmas drinks...on them. Yes, we definitely paid them too much. 


Alas, this bitter sweet pill was made all the more sweeter by the fact that they at least did some homework and worked out I was into wi...

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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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