March 28, 2017

I sneaked out of the office early yesterday to attend the 6th Vaults Tasting at the Winemakers Club in Farringdon. I say sneaked out, but given I resigned last week I didn’t put much effort into the sneaking. I just left.

Sadly the new job is not in the wine trade. On the basis that I have earned £510 from wine writing in the 15 months since I started Wineloon, I have decided the economics don’t quite stack up. On the plus side, it does mean I get invited to trade events such as the Vaults tasti...

March 5, 2017

This article was originally published in Issue 13 of ROOT + BONE magazine in March 2017. Illustration courtesy of Rob Gavin. Check out Rob's work at

Size does matter. We don’t want those little 750ml bottles. They never held enough wine to go round anyway. We want wine on tap! In days gone by, only the cheap plonk was sold in bulk, but now it’s the good stuff that’s flowing out of the taps.

One of the pioneers of alternative packaging is South-East London’s very own Australian in...

March 5, 2017

You know when you enter a room and you realise you're wearing too many clothes?

It's cold outside so they've pumped up the heat inside. It's gettin' hot in here....

Not only that, you're about 30 mins late to meet your mate and you've been doing a pathetic run-trot all the way there. It's Sunday so you had a few last night. There are beads of sweat lining up just inside your pores for this opportunity to do a runner.

You are sweating like Donald Trump watching the opening credits of Saturday Night...

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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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