It was 1996 when Ray took a job in Chicago with one of the world’s largest
corporations, and moved the family to the US. After only a few years, a new
opportunity sent them to Texas, the place that would steal their hearts and
inspire their passions.
While in McKinney, they lived through one of the most tragic times in American
history – the September 11th terrorist attacks. It was then they decided to
reevaluate what was truly important to their lives. During a candid conversion,
Sue asked Ray, “If you could do anything with your life, what would you do?”
Ray responded, “I’d like to make wine.” This was no surprise to Sue. He had
been an amateur beer and winemaker since high school. Soon, Ray started
attending Viticulture and Enology classes through Grayson County College.
From there, Sue and Ray’s dream was born. They established Caudalie Crest
Farm & Vineyard in the Cross Timbers region of Texas, north of Dallas.
Somewhere in the process of forming Caudalie Crest, Sue was introduced to
Dwarf Nigerian dairy goats and was immediately hooked. She now spends
time breeding, raising, and selling goats. In fact, there is often a new set of kids
to watch while enjoying a glass of wine.