November 27, 2016

Hot on the heels of my recent tasting articles from my trip to Baden in Germany, I have decided to publish more tasting articles for fear of losing the bits of paper I had scribbled the tasting notes on. 

This one looks at the stand out wines from a trip to Biella in May this year, where I spent a day visiting about five estates, followed by a tasting 39 wines and a gala dinner at a smart golf club outside the town of Biella. We even made the local press (see here and here).

The day and gal...

November 18, 2016

I was skimming through my little black tasting book this week and realised I'd been a bit lazy over the summer and had not written up a lot of stuff I tasted when in Germany on holiday.

I did write an article for Jancis Robinson about the 1782 Club of Durbach, which talked about the excellent Mosel cloned Riesling I tasted at Schloss Staufenberg. But before I got to Schloss Staufenberg I dropped in on Alexander Danner to taste through his excellent and extensive range of wines. 

The town of...

November 17, 2016

"Beaujolais must be the most inspired invention in the history of wine."
These are not my words. This is the first sentence of the chapter on Beaujolais in Kermit Lynch's book, Adventures on the Wine Trail. Yes, I know it’s the second time I’ve quoted it this week, but I’ve been reading it again the last few weeks and it’s as quotable as Withnail and I. Anyway, the rest of the chapter continues in this vain, reading like his love letter to Beaujolais. It is the most evocative pieces of wine p...

November 15, 2016

I have done a bit of blind tasting before (see How good are own label wines?) but it's not something I do often. Apart from it being tiresome on the palate, tasting blind is just not a realistic environment. It's not how people consume wines so to judge them in that way feels a bit false. Kermit Lynch makes this point much more eloquently than I ever could in the introduction of his book Adventures on the Wine Trail; "When a woman chooses a hat, she does not put it on a goat's head to judge it;...

November 7, 2016

This article was originally published in issue 15 of Glass of Bubbly magazine, November 2016

As with most wine lovers I like nothing more than discovering a new wine. And being a bit of a sucker for funky bottle art, if it’s got an interesting looking label then even better.

My latest discovery is a new Champagne called Gilles & Olivier. Their aim is to turn Champagne from something for toasting a celebrations to an everyday drink. As co-owner Olivier Broyé told me, “we are aiming to produce Cham...

November 4, 2016

In August this year, Eneko at One Aldwych opened its doors, the London outpost of the three Michelin starred Azurmendi, in Northern Spain. Renowned for creating fantastically innovative Basque dishes using largely home grown ingredients from the gardens surrounding his restaurant on the outskirts of Bilbao, this is Eneko Atxa’s first foray overseas.

Given my wife and I were due to travel to San Sebastian for my birthday in September, we were keen to try out some Basque food to whet our appetites...

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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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