The Road to Burgundy: The Unlikely Story of an American Making Wine and a New Life in France by Ray WalkerAn 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.
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Encino Says They’ll Do it Better in the Utica than Chesapeake Did
CEO Hardy Murchison said the company is currently running two rigs and two completion crews in Ohio, given the program inherited from Chesapeake. The privately held producer may add a third completion crew before the end of the year, he said. In his first public address since the acquisition was announced, Murchison said Encino is stabilizing operations and trying to work at a steadier pace. Chesapeake was among the first to develop the Utica, and with a once formidable position across the Appalachian Basin, it earned a reputation for innovation and solid well results. Chesapeake, Murchison said, had regularly been moving crews back and forth between Ohio and Pennsylvania, where it still has a large position in the northeastern part of the state. Chesapeake divested , net acres in the state to cut debt and pivot to oilier production in other basins across the country.
Encino held a sort of coming-out party at the three-day statewide meeting, that will feature Vice President Mike Pence speaking at a noon luncheon today. Chesapeake was one on the first companies to move into the Utica Shale and it locked up significant leases to become the Utica's biggest producer. Overnight, that made Encino a major player in the gas-rich Utica Shale, with , acres and horizontal wells drilled by Chesapeake since CEO and president Hardy Murchison and chief operating officer Ray Walker spoke for roughly 30 minutes Thursday morning about the continuing transition and the company's plans in what was their first public appearance in Ohio. The first wells Encino plans to drill in will be wells originally planned by Chesapeake, Murchison said.
OOGA Member Spotlight: Ray Walker, Encino Energy. Posted By Lyndsey Kleven , Communication Manager, Wednesday, May 8,
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