Young Winemaker Making the Leap to Burgundy

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Ray Walker departs February 8, 2009 to set up the logistics for his negociant wine business in Burgundy. Only 27 years old, Ray left behind a promising career in the financial world a few years ago to pursue a career in winemaking.

Smitten by Pinot Noir, and Burgundy in particular, Ray quite his job and moved his young family to Sonoma where he was mentored by Ed Kurtzman and others. While many of his type would have been satisfied with a winemaking career in California, Ray felt a pull to return to Pinot Noir’s Holy Land. He immersed himself in the French culture and language and made plans to develop his independent label, Domaine Ilan, in Burgundy.

Join us as we listen to his captivating story.

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5 Responses to “Young Winemaker Making the Leap to Burgundy”


  1. 1 Brian Crabtree Apr 23rd, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Pinot envy…I love it.

  2. 2 Howard Cooper Mar 10th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    This interview got me sufficiently interested in Ray’s work that I now have purchased futures. Cannot wait to try the wines.

  3. 3 Linda Simon Sep 5th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Was very impressed with this young man. Cannot wait to taste his wine.

  4. 4 Howard Cooper Aug 16th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    When are you guys going to do a follow-up with Ray now that he is established and in Burgundy.

    Also, you should interview John Gilman.

  1. 1 Grape Radio « Domaine Ilan’s Blog pingback on Feb 24th, 2009 at 8:43 am

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