December 10, 2017

This article was originally published in Issue 16 of Root + Bone magazine.

Illustration by Ellis Van Der Does 

When writing about Sicily one must do so with caution. I don’t know how many mafiosos read Root + Bone but one loose word from me that inadvertently disrespects the family could see a body part being posted through my letter box.

However, some of the wines coming out of Sicily just now are so exciting that I’m willing to put myself in the firing line to aide your vinous pleasure.


December 9, 2017

If you read last week’s whistle stop tour around Wineloon’s tips to the best value fizz and whites you have probably since been to Sainsbury’s to bag some cheap booze and hopefully made some online acquisitions, or even better visited some of the independent wine shops I mentioned.

Whatever happened, I trust you now have enough champagne and white wine to drown a turkey.

With that in hand, you now need to think about some reds and something sweet or fortified for the Christmas pud, cheeseboard an...

December 2, 2017

When does something become annual? I wrote a Wineloon’s wines for Christmas this time last year and I am writing one now. Is this an annual occurrence or have I just done it twice?

If I do it next year it will definitely be annual, but the jury is out on this year.

The jury is also bored shitless of this tedious, drawn out introduction and wants to hear what they should be buying to drink with their turkey this year.

Right, here goes…


If you don’t drink Champagne for breakfast on Christmas Day...

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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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