July 8, 2018

A little over a year ago I moved jobs. My old job was based in central London and although I like to think I was just very good at managing my time, if I am completely honest it was a little bit dossy. 

This meant that, in what I know look back upon all misty-eyed as "the good old days", I was a regular lunch break visitor to London trade tastings.

I didn't take the piss. It wasn't like I spent three hours every lunchtime swirling a glass and staining my teeth in some posh old buil...

July 8, 2018

I recently tasted through the latest set of wines from Tenute Sella, a family owned estate in Biella, Alto Piemonte. I first discovered the estate when I met owner Marco Rizzetti on a press trip in Biella and visited Tenute Sella's beautiful vineyards in Biella a couple of years ago.

Their wines are generally released under the Lessona and Bramaterra DOCs or the more generic Coste della Sesia DOC. The wines are typically Nebbiolo based blends, with varying amounts of Vespolina and Croatina....

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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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