The Road to Burgundy – My first book – Soon on Pre-Order

Hello everyone,

I’m pleased to share the jacket art for my upcoming book, The Road to Burgundy, which should be out July 2013. It will be available for preorder on and under GOTHAM, an imprint of Penguin USA.

The book will detail much of my journey from my days working in California in Real Estate and in Finance, through discovering wine in Italy, studying Bordeaux – and then drinking/dreading it, to finding Burgundy by luck, leaving my career at Merrill Lynch to wash barrels in Sonoma County, California for one harvest before leaving to Burgundy to start our own winery, looking for grapes and trying to pull it all together, before finally moving my whole family to Burgundy for good. There is a lot to cover in just a span of seven years. Lots of food, travel, wine, studying French, looking for financing. Everything is in there. Best of all, it has given me the chance to write the story in my own words, which place you in my shoes for the highs and the lows up until this point.

I hope that you will all join me in retracing the steps of this surreal journey.

PS   I feel quite fortunate that they asked me to shoot the cover art for my book. Didn’t expect that, and I think it turned out beyond expectations.



13 thoughts on “The Road to Burgundy – My first book – Soon on Pre-Order

  1. Ray – I think the cover looks very nice but would like to suggest an alternative. I have a smashing photo of me, in your tank holding that bucket. I think we can both agree nothing will show your journey better, than a nice picture of me. It may also encourage more female buyers….

    In all seriousness it looks great, will look forward to the book.


  2. I see your point. But, perhaps…just hear me out, perhaps it is best to just leave the vineyard. I like your idea just fine, just thinking going the more traditional route might work more, consistently.

    Thanks again for the help!

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  4. This looks to be a very interesting book! Can’t wait to get my hands on it. Congratulations on finishing it!

  5. Ray I saw the Bourdain episode. Congratulations. I look forward to buying your book and trying your wine someday. Hill in Paso Robles CA.

  6. Ray I saw you on tv this morning on No Reservation I could not believe my eyes. This is Gugie I used to work for VW in Vacaville and I drove you home a few times. You always spoke about your love for wine. After seeing you on tv and going to your web site all I can say that I am so very proud of you and wish you the very best in France..

    Take care my best to you and your family and hope to hear from you real soon.


  7. Thank you, Eric!! I can’t wait to share it with everyone. I enjoyed writing it as well. Great to be able to tell the full story of how it all happened. I’ve added a link to the Pre-Order as well



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