March 28, 2016

After a brutal 11 hour drive from SE London to Edinburgh on Thursday night as part of our annual family tour of duty round the Scottish Wineloon clan, we were in need of some consoling. A night out in Edinburgh on Saturday with some old friends, no children and lots of booze was needed. 


It started off badly. My sister suggested trying a "secret gin bar" in the west end for an overpriced, preprandial gin & tonic. This sounds cool and trendy until you get there and realise its jus...

March 24, 2016

An edited version of this article was originally published on on 23rd March, 2016


I have a significant birthday this year. There are two main events happening as a result. One is a 5-day trip to Paris to watch the Euro 2016 football finals with 7 of my school mates in early June. The other is a long weekend in San Sebastian in September, wining and dining my darling wife to earn the brownie points required to secure approval for the Paris trip.


Both of these were booked l...

March 21, 2016

An edited version of this article was originally published on on 21st March, 2016 


I have a bit of history with the wines of Greece. Our last holiday before the end of real holidays (i.e. before we had children) was to Oia in Santorini, back in 2009. A paradise of a place with great food and many great wine discoveries, the most memorable being Vin Santo and Assyrtiko. I had tried neither before that holiday and they have both become perennial favourites.


A particula...

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...

March 6, 2016


This article was originally published in Issue 9 of Root + Bone Magazine,


Illustration by Ellis Van Der Does,


Of all the major wine regions, the winemakers of Alsace would be most within their rights to have a whinge about war and conflict getting in the way of making vin (or wein, depending on the generation in question).


Before I get started, I should probably declare a potential conflict of interest; I love Riesling. OK, I said it, its out there...

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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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