The Road to Burgundy – NOW Available for Pre-Order on and ITUNES!


Hello Everyone! (as well as on,, etc) just added my upcoming book, The Road to Burgundy to their site for pre-order.  You can find the link for the Kindle and Hardcover versions HERE! You can also  find my book on iTunes!

Here is the synopsis:

An intoxicating memoir of an American who discovers a passion for French wine, and gambles everything to chase a dream of owning a vineyard in Burgundy 

Ray Walker had a secure career in finance until a wine-tasting vacation ignited a passion that he couldn’t stifle. Ray neglected his work, spending hours poring over ancient French winemaking texts, learning the techniques and the language, and daydreaming about vineyards. After Ray experienced his first taste of wine from Burgundy, he could wait no longer. He quit his job and went to France to start a winery—with little money, a limited command of French, and virtually no winemaking experience.

Fueled by determination and joie de vivre, he immersed himself in the extraordinary history of Burgundy’s vineyards and began honing his skills. Ray became a pioneer in his use of ancient techniques in modern times and founded Maison Ilan. In 2009, Ray became the first non-French winemaker to purchase grapes and produce a wine from Le Chambertin, long considered to be one of the most revered and singular vineyards in the world.

Along with his struggle to capture his wine’s distinct terroir, Ray shares enthralling stories of late-night tastings, flying down the Route National on a vintage Peugeot bicycle with no brakes, and his journey to secure both the trust of his insular Burgundian neighbors and the region’s most coveted grapes. Capturing the sunlight, the smell of the damp soil, and the taste of superlative wine, The Road to Burgundy is a glorious celebration of finding one’s true path in life, and taking a chance—whatever the odds.

Thank you again for your support!!!



10 thoughts on “The Road to Burgundy – NOW Available for Pre-Order on and ITUNES!

  1. Good Morning and Congratulations!
    When do you think your soon to be best seller will be available at Amazon US?
    Barbara Bernier

  2. Ray,

    You never responded to my email about ordering your wine from the U.S. and how easy it would be to ship it to California.



  3. Well done Ray! Can’t wait to read your story. Would be great to drink your wine while reading it! Is your wine available here CA? I am north of Los Angeles!


  4. Hello Cary
    we’ve been a bit tied up with post-harvest winery activities. I will have information out to everyone quite soon, with offers for the 2012s coming in a month or so. In the US, you can order 2011s from Woodland Hills in California. When buying direct from me, the wines are brought into California, so it is easy!


  5. I saw you on Anthony Bourdain. My husband and I were inspired by your story. I’ll get your book this weekend. Wishing you and your family the best.

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