June 27, 2017

I was recently invited to a dinner at the very grand London Edition hotel for a Loire Valley themed night of wine tasting and dinner to celebrate the start of the London Wine Week. The evening was hosted by the Evening Standard's wine scribe, Douglas Blyde and Loire Valley wine officianado (my words not her's) Lindsay Oram.

I met Douglas about a month prior when he and I ended up seated together at a very long lunch at a vineyard in Surrey. We drank lots of South African wine out...

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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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