February 4, 2017

Last month I spent a most enjoyable Saturday afternoon at St John’s restaurant in Smithfield. Through my good friends at Root + Bone Magazine, who in turn are good friends of St John (Fergus Henderson of St John writes a regular column in Root + Bone), I was invited to St John’s annual Vignerons’ Lunch.

The Vignerons Lunch is a wonderful occasion when they close the restaurant for the afternoon and invite all of the winemakers on St John’s winelist for a most convivial afternoon of eating and dr...

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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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