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The Road to Burgundy: The Unlikely Story of an American Making Wine and a New Life in France
勃艮第之路:一個美國人的法國紅酒夢
版本: 精裝320頁  2014 年 7 月 11 日  Gotham出版
ISBN:978-1592408122
內容介紹

這是一個關於追逐夢想的真實故事。

 
主人公雷.沃克(Ray Walker),美國中產階級,有一份讓人豔羨的高薪工作,他和妻子克利斯蒂安(Christian)在一次意大利旅行中偶然品嘗到了一種口味極佳的紅酒,絕妙的滋味讓雷瞬間對葡萄酒產生了濃厚的興趣。回到美國后的雷依然忙碌地工作著,只是在工作之餘他會精心尋找各款葡萄酒品嘗,而那些價值不菲、口感獨特的葡萄酒就像擁有魔力一般深深吸引著他。面對每天繁忙機械式的工作,雷覺得疲憊不堪,而內心最真實的想法已被紅酒所勾起---他要轉行去釀製葡萄酒。此時的雷正值30歲事業的騰飛期,辭職意味著沒有收入養家,而妻子又有孕在身,他沒有任何跟製酒有關的學位,不會說法語,更沒有這一行的經驗,有的只是滿腔熱情還有來自妻子克利斯蒂安的支持。
 
辭職后的雷開始在網上投簡歷,希望能去葡萄園工作,歷經無數次的拒絕最終獲得在美國一個葡萄酒釀造廠的實習機會,老闆欣賞他的勇氣和對紅酒的熱情,可初次入行,雷只能做些最基礎的工作,比如清潔盛放葡萄的木桶、視察葡萄生長情況等工作,他不放過任何一個可以學習新知識的機會,哪怕是凌晨四五點,只要接到工作人員打來的電話,他就會第一時間趕到現場。求勝心切的雷不滿足於只是做那些苦力活,在實習完一個收割期后,他試圖自己聯繫葡萄種植者,希望有人能賣給他葡萄,讓他自己釀酒,不料這遠沒有他想像得這麼簡單,根本沒有果農願意賣給他葡萄,因為他沒有任何制酒經驗,賣給他葡萄等於是毀了葡萄。在國內無法實現第一步,於是雷想到了去法國碰碰運氣,在通宵看了幾遍法國電影,學了幾句簡單法語、帶上所有的積蓄后,他和妻子一起飛去了巴黎,這是一次簡單精彩的旅行,從巴黎到勃艮第,遭遇了各種有趣的故事和人,有點dark的法式幽默,不免讓人捧腹,他結識了很多勃艮第當地的葡萄酒園主,感受了本地化的生活,經歷了語言不通、經驗不足的教訓后,他們還是回到了美國。克利斯蒂安開始工作來支撐家庭開銷,而雷在家擔當起家庭主男的角色,照料他們的第一個女兒,除此之外的時間他開始瘋狂地學習法語和葡萄酒知識,完善他的釀酒計劃,結識從事紅酒業的夥伴,他的激情和堅持不懈終於得到了一位幕後投資人的肯定,他願意出資兩萬歐作為雷的啟動資金,就這樣,帶上足夠的資金以及豐富的知識,雷再次踏上了勃艮第這塊夢想之地。
 
雷對葡萄酒的研究贏得了勃艮第當地葡萄園主的信任,經過多日奔波,終於有人願意賣給他葡萄了,而且還是上好的葡萄!可隨之而來的各種問題也在等著雷一一解決,尋找釀造的地點、設備、存放紅酒的木桶等,如果你不事先安頓好這一切,果農們還是不會信任你,把葡萄賣給別人。成功的路沒有這麼簡單,釀造出了美味的葡萄酒並不是實現夢想的終篇,他以為值得信賴的朋友告發他並沒有好好對待買來的葡萄、作為一個美國人,他在法國從事釀酒沒有齊全的手續,最後這位朋友勒令雷將存放在他這兒的葡萄酒兩天之內全都搬走,而此時雷的簽證就要到期了…
 
創業之路往往是艱難的,充滿荊棘但也是充滿驚喜的,最佩服雷的是他能一直堅持自己的夢想并為之傾盡全力,就像他說的Where there is a dream, there’s a way to make it a reality.(只要有夢想,就有實現它的可能)。能找到心之嚮往的東西是多麼難能可貴,從最初的莽撞到後來的沉穩豁達,雷的故事帶給我們太多的感觸,也讓我們瞭解到人性的善良和醜惡。跌倒過才知道成功的不易,這過程是需要多麼大的勇氣和毅力,而堅持下來的人就是最成功的人。
 
現在雷已經和妻子定居于勃艮第,有了自己的葡萄園,開創了屬於他們的葡萄酒品牌Maison Ilan,他的故事被各大媒體所報導,但雷說他不喜歡去通過媒體宣傳他的葡萄酒,因為每位客人都有自己的口味和評判標準,他希望客人們都可以找到適合自己的那一款葡萄酒。
作者介紹

.沃克(Ray Walker是法國勃艮第Maison Ilan紅酒品牌的創始人。目前他和妻子以及兩個女兒居住在法國勃艮第。

書評

An LA Times editor's pick
 
“Wine lovers, Francophiles and anyone who roots for dreamers will want to raise a glass to Ray Walker.”
—USAToday.com
 
“An intoxicating tale…Mr. Walker’s story is sure to inspire a few more leaps of faith.”
—The Economist
 
“In this rich account, Walker chronicles his five-year journey from Northern California to the French countryside with self-deprecating humor and earnestness. . . . Wine geeks will enjoy Walker's blow-by-blow account of the winemaking process. Those less inclined to appreciate wine's back story can revel in his descriptions of Burgundy's food and lifestyle. Walker's tale evokes the exquisite thrill of finding and following your passion, no matter how crazy it might seem.”
—Publishers Weekly
 
“Walker’s energy and warmth lift this book.”
—Booklist
 
"The main appeal is the amazing story of how someone was able to realize his seemingly farfetched dream."
—New York Journal of Books
           
"True oenophiles will love it. . . . a great summer read."
—Biographile.com
 
"Readers who share his passion for fine wine will be entertained by his detailed descriptions."
—BookReporter.com
 
"The Road to Burgundy is an extraordinary story told by an extraordinary person set in the world's most extraordinary of wine regions.  If Ray Walker's journey had been told in a work of fiction--or film--it would be frankly, unbelievable.   He set his mind to doing just about the stupidest, most difficult and unlikely thing an American could do. And emerged victorious. His story, like his wine, is a triumph of idealism, determination and integrity. You will never drink Bordeaux again."
—Anthony Bourdain
 
"There are many great stories in the history of wine, but none as astonishingly and eye-bulgingly improbable as that of Ray Walker's. In a page-turning memoir that will convince anyone that their dreams, no matter how harebrained, can be realized, Ray Walker delivers up a thrilling, picaresque, and insightful look into the heart of one man's obsession.  An absolute must read for any lover of Pinot, or any aficionado of wine, period."
—Rex Pickett, author of Sideways
 
“Salut, cin-cin, and cheers to Ray Walker, who followed his passion for wine to Burgundy.  Pop a cork and enjoy this lively, brave, and absorbing story.”
—Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun