January 22, 2017

“Sign of a misspent youth”, a phrase heard most often as someone pots the black to win an unlikely game of pool in the pub. I spent a large part of the 1990s in various Aberdeenshire pubs playing pool and drinking lager. It was a lot of fun, and my pool skills to this day are not too shabby, depending on how many drinks I have had.

However, at times, I do look back and wonder what might have been. I generally have no regrets in life, but when I meet people who tell me they were members of their...

January 15, 2017

Last week was one of the the busiest in the London wine calendar. There were more than 20 trade and public tastings of the newly released 2015 wines from Burgundy. There has been massive hype about the vintage, especially the Pinot Noir. Having spent the last week tasting scores of them I do think that a lot of the hype is warranted. There are some brilliant wines.

The bad news is that the prices reflect the hype. Producers have taken account of the widely decimated 2016 vintage. In an effort to...

January 6, 2017

I am delighted to publish Wineloon's first ever Guest Contributor, my good friend and fellow wino, Adam Hylan.

I'll leave it to Adam to explain why...

Occasionally when somebody makes you an offer that sounds too good to be true, it really is true.

I’ve only previously appeared on this website as a hater of natural wines and lover of ethereal burgundies (see Noble Rot Wine Bar, London – Second Visit). However, as well as opening bottles for Simon Reilly, I’m also a wine geek in my own right...

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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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