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RAY WALKER, a trainee securities representative at Merrill Lynch in California, cashed in his chips before his career had barely begun and decided instead to learn how to make wine.
He then moved to France to make red Burgundy, the most rarefied and tricky wine of them all.
Now a successful vintner, he has an intoxicating tale to tell.
Mr Walker knew nothing about wine before his wife began serving it at mealtimes. But soon it became a passion, then a pursuit.
Though his wife was six months pregnant at the time, he dropped his banking career to follow his dream.
The reader may well be mystified as to how the author could be so capricious, particularly as he had little beyond his own savings to draw from.
But had events gone another way, this would be a rather different memoir.
Once he gleaned what he could from books, Mr Walker sought lowly work at wineries in California to learn more about the business.
After a season of back-breaking work in Sonoma, this Panglossian figure heads to Burgundy to buy modest grapes from a wine broker.
Instead he ends up securing enough to make three different Burgundies, including two barrels of Chambertin, one of France's greatest wines.
None of this could have happened without the support of a laid-back Californian financier, a friend of someone Mr Walker met through an online wine forum.
After a single telephone call, this man cheerily upped his stake in this modest business to around 150,000.
Mr Walker's good fortune continued in Burgundy, where nearly everyone he dealt with was honourable and helpful, save for two winemakers who tried to sabotage his plans.
Fortuitously, his first vintage was an exceptional one in Burgundy.
But there is more to Mr Walker's success than that.
He comes across as a likeable, can-do guy who earnestly believes that hard work, confidence and some luck is all it takes to make things happen.
Now ensconced in Burgundy with his wife and young family, he is the only non-Frenchman ever to have made Chambertin.
A common fantasy of overworked executives is to throw it all in and retire to a vineyard.
Rarely do such endeavours end well.
Mr Walker's story is sure to inspire a few more leaps of faith.