May 27, 2017

This article was originally published on on Wednesday 23rd May, 2017

On a recent trip to Oslo it occurred to me that over a three day break I drank the same Riesling by the glass in three of the six restaurants I dined in. This is not the sort of thing I would usually do. Whether I am drinking in a restaurant or at home, I actively seek to try as many different wines as I can. Not only does it make articles such as this a lot less dull and repetitive, but the variety that wine...

May 27, 2017

Photograph courtesy of St. John.

An edited version of this article was originally published in Issue 14 of Root + Bone Magazine.

A restaurant that has been open for 23 years must be doing something right. In the case of St John, it’s not one thing, but an unwavering ethos of doing things their own way that defines it. If it feels right to them, St John’s co-owners Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver will do it, not caring much what anyone else thinks.

How many Michelin starred restaurants sell b...

May 21, 2017

Last month I had the privilege of doing my first day’s judging for the IWC (International Wine Challenge).

I was only able to do one day of judging and by chance I ended up doing this on the last day of the competition, finals day. I only discovered this at the briefing given by chairman of judges, and breakfast TV legend, Charles Metcalfe when I arrived at the Oval cricket ground in South London on the morning of the judging. Yep, everything I would taste that day had been through at least one...

May 1, 2017

This year it is estimated that up to one million new vines will be planted in the UK.

Meanwhile, heavy frost hit vineyards across many European wine growing regions last week. Some producers in Bordeaux’s right bank lost up to 90% of their crop and it is thought that on average 25% of Champagne’s crop was lost to last week’s cold snap, despite many winemakers resorting to lighting heaters in the vineyards to combat the sub-zero temperatures.

But it is not only frost that the UK’s winemakers need...

May 1, 2017

An edited version of this article was first published on on Wedensday, 26th April, 2017. 

The way I buy wine has changed.

I started buying wine in earnest when I moved to Australia in 2004. An early visit to the Hunter Valley with friends struck a chord. It gave me my first taste of aged Hunter Semillon from the Mount Pleasant cellar door. I was hooked. My obsession with wine had begun.

But it wasn’t until I got back home to Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and discovered the delights o...

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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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