December 11, 2016

Natural wine…..a phrase that excites some and positively disgusts others. It may be all the rage, bringing swathes of new interest into the world of wine, but for many wine lovers it is to be actively avoided. Hallowed wine writer Hugh Johnson recently voiced his lack of interest, dismissing it as a “fad”.

I have friends in both camps, but I am pretty indifferent about it all. I have tasted good ones and bad ones. I’m not turned on or off by it. If it tastes good I’ll drink it. If it tastes bad...

December 3, 2016

I have had a few requests from wineloon readers (yes people actually read this shit) for some Christmas wine recommendations. Specifically wines that are under £20 and under £10. I can confirm that all the requests came from tight arsed Scots (note, I am Scottish so this is not offensive). The irony being that their government has banned all bulk discounting on booze so finding wine gold under £10 is even more difficult for them. Gotta love the SNP.

Anyway, enough politics. Back to the task in h...

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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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