September 27, 2016

This article was first published on on Monday 26th September, 2016

Three months have now past since the UK voted to leave the EU. Just after the vote I set out some initial impacts of the result for UK wine lovers. 

In the corporate world, when a major change has occurred, like buying a company or hiring a new CEO, 3 months or 90 days after the event is a good point to take stock of how the change has affected the overall business. Following a major change like this most CEOs c...

September 25, 2016

An edited version of this article was first published in Issue 11 of Root + Bone Magazine, September 2016 

Rewind a few years and London's wine community revolved around the private clubs of St James. Old men in stiff suits would sit around pontificating about whether 1982 was a better vintage than 1961 in Bordeaux or boast about how many first growths they had in their cellars.

For the uninitiated, wine was a scary prospect. For London's younger generation, it was a drink for dinosaurs.

All that...

September 7, 2016

September is back to school month. After the joys of a long summer, it's back to the grind. Not just for the school kids but for the wine trade too. This week and for most of this month merchants are showing off their wares all over town every day and more.

I have resisted for three days (well two and a half really) so felt within my rights to attend one today.

There is a monster tasting of 550 wines from the Liberty Wines portfolio at the Oval today but frankly I couldn't be arsed with that. Ins...

September 4, 2016

I jetted off to San Sebastián with my wife this weekend to celebrate my 40th birthday. Apart from the unbridled joy of lounging about on the beach for 3 days without our kids to disturb the peace, the clear highlight for me was a long lunch at Rekondo.

A bit of a pilgrimage for wine lovers, Rekondo is wine cellar first, restaurant second. It's almost as if the restaurant was created to provide something to eat with the treasure trove of wines in its vast cellars.

With more than 100,000 bottles to...

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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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