Links area of Richard Mayson's website:
I recommend the following websites of friends and colleagues, including wine writers and producers. Click on the names below to go directly to the respective websites.
Infinite Ideas Classic Wine Library
I am the series editor for wine books published by this publisher based in Oxford, England. For more information on the books in the series please click on: Infinite Ideas Classic Wine Library.
Port Madeira and Fortified Wines
For the Love of Port This is a website bellonging to Roy Hersh, a man so passionate about Port that he named his daughter 'Taylor'. He is a true collector and this site is a font of knowledge for anyone with a thirst of Port. I was honoured to be inveited as his first guest in the 'guests corner' of his website in August 2009.
This is the Symington family website covering Port shippers Dow, Graham, Warre, Quinta do Vesúvio, Smith Woodhouse, Quarles Harris, Gould Campbell, Martinez and Quinta do Vesúvio and well as the Madeira Wine Company (Blandy, Cossart Gordon, Leacock and Miles). See below for a link to their blog which can also be accessed through this website.
The Port Forum. The website of a group of British-based Port enthusiasts who meet regularly to share fine and rare bottles of Port. Their website is full of tasting notes, news and conversations about Port.
Christian Seely was the Managing Director of Quinta do Noval and graduated to head Axa Millesimes. He is an excellent speaker and with his responsibilites extending to Bordeaux, Burgundy, Languedoc, Hungary and Portugal his wine blog should be well worth reading.
The Symington family have been blogging furiously during the 2009 vintage. Their blog based on Quinta de Malvedos allows you to follow the Symington family and their team of winemakers and viticulturalists in the vineyards, cellars and tasting room. It is a very readable insight to the viticultural year in the Douro.
Other Wine Websites
Jancis needs no introduction to anyone with an interest in wine. I have worked with Janicis on a number of projects, most recently on the Portuguese entries in the Oxford Companion to Wine. She is a talented professional journalist with a good eye for a story and a refreshing tongue in cheek style when writing about some of the more colourful personalities in the wine trade.
John Livingstone Learmonth John is the man about the Rhone and it was his website that inspired my own. His book, once published by Faber and now with the University of California Press, is the best of the genre. He has an investment background and, not being totally wine focused like many wine journalists, brings an extra dimension to his writing and to his talks.
Micheal Schuster is author of Essential Wine tasting and organises some of the best wine courses in London. He is also on the Committee of Managment of The Wine Society. If you want to learn more about wine and why it tastes as it does, Michael is the person to learn from.
Holidays in Portugal
If you are looking for a peaceful holiday away form the crowds in the real Portugal, this is the place. Situated in the Serra de São Mamede Natural Parque, there are quiet walks, plentiful wildlife to observe, unspoilt towns and villages, plus of course good wine from nearby Quinta do Centro! www.azenhadoramalho.com/
“Amendoeiras em Flôr” (meaning almond blossom), specializes in “Places to Stay and Things to Do in Portugal and Spain”, including some very special properties in the Balearic Islands. The aim of this site is to offer you a selection of handpicked and unique options for your villa holiday in Portugal or Spain, all recommended for very special reasons – location, charm, style, or standard of service – and all visited and inspected on a regular basis.
Other Really Useful Links
It is so easy to put on the pounds / kilos when you are in the wine business and so I have been making a special effort recently to get fit and lose weight. With the encouragemant of personal trainer Matt Kay who founded Born2Move in 2008, I have been exercising more and eating better (but not less). Matt has shown me that with a bit of determination it is not that difficult to become fitter, lose weight and feel better. And I have found it enjoyable too. Born2Move's slogan sums it up: faster, leaner, fitter. I am a Born2Move junkie!