April 14, 2018

This article was originally published in Issue 17 of root + bone magazine, in March 2018. 

Illustration courtesy of the very talented Ellis van der Does

The concept of abstinence is fine for things you feel morally against, like wearing fur coats or eating dogs. But when someone suggests abstaining from your passion, the thing you love the most in life, then that is a different ball game.

When my wife was pregnant with our first child I continued to drink wine whilst she abstained for the good of...

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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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