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...

August 22, 2016

So the holiday season is drawing to a close for another summer. Hopefully you have all enjoyed trying new wines in exotic locations. Local wines washing down local food as you sit in the sun not thinking about work. Nothing beats holiday wine.

But in most cases, that's how they always will be, just holiday wines.

That rose from Provence tasted great by the pool over a lazy lunch but it doesn't quite hit the mark on a freezing Friday in forest hill.

And as for that local white wine you had in Croat...

August 7, 2016

When dining out, for me the wine list is just as important a factor in picking a restaurant as the menu. A good wine list for me doesn’t just have good wines on the list. There are lots of those about.

The key is the pricing. A great wine list is one that allows you to drink very well at sensible prices. A mark-up sure, but not multiplying the retail price by a factor of three, four or more.

Recent trips to San Sebastian and Paris suggest that things have got a bit silly in London. Smart restaura...

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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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