Starting a New Life and Making Wine in France

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Some people might entertain the idea of giving up their careers, moving to France, and making wine, but Ray Walker actually did it. He talks about leaving a secure career in finance to start a winery in France, even though he had little money, a limited French, and almost no winemaking experience. In The Road to Burgundy: The Unlikely Story of an American Making Wine and a New Life in France, he shares the history of Burgundy’s vineyards, how he honed his skills, and how he became a pioneer in his use of ancient techniques in modern times at his winery Maison Ilan.


Ray Walker

Comments [8]

DorisUSA from Berkeley, CA

To RichardUWS & Alison:
Two naysayers!!! What you jealous because neither one of you have the balls to leave the u.s., move to a foreign country, start a business with a young family before the age of thirty? Then writes a book about his experience. Plus I hear the book is now being shopped for a movie. Hahaha. I think this young man has something to say, he did and a lot of people agree with him. In fact, 3 best selling authors thought enough about his journey to give rave reviews. Yep, jealousy abounds.
Lol, it's people like you that always sit on your hands, do nothing and complain when someone else does it.

Jul. 20 2013 02:17 AM
Richard Ackers

To Alison ftomManhattan: try a bottle first. Ray has made some beautiful wines. Ethereal.

Jul. 18 2013 05:28 PM
john from Queens, NY

great segment Leonard.... nice to hear about some one chasing a crazy dream and achieving it! Lots of naysayers on this comment page though.

Jul. 18 2013 01:28 PM

I enjoyed the segment - Thanks Leonard!

Jul. 18 2013 01:02 PM

What's about the new life in France? How does it merit a book among the thousands similar already written?

Jul. 18 2013 01:00 PM
alison from manhattan

this seems very strange - I lived in Beaune for 4 yrs and worked in the wine trade with a very well know wine broker Becky Wasserman and all of the most well known artisan wine makers Lafon, MArchand, Roulot, De Montille etc and then in NYC for another 12 yrs - and know what an art form it is to make wine - i can't believe this guy makes any kind of decent wine! It seems like an insult to all of these vigneron - he is killing me!!!!

Jul. 18 2013 12:56 PM
Robert from NYC

Does he mean that all wines in Italy are cheap wines? He seems to have said that. What can he really know. He sounds like someone I wouldn't want to listen to about wine! So in the end is he considered a great winemaker? What's he talking about.

Jul. 18 2013 12:52 PM
antonio from baySide

What a great birthday gift, Leonard returns! Although the guest host were great! Especially Martha Plimpton!

Question. Did he consider other places, particularly in the US?. I know France is great, but I am wondering if Mr. Walker took a look at the budding areas to make wine in the US (Oregon, Washington, Upstate/Eastern LI)

Jul. 18 2013 12:27 PM

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