The Widow Clicquot

The Widow Clicquot

The Story of A Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It

Book - 2008
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The Widow Clicquot is the New York Times bestselling business biography of the visionary young widow who built a champagne empire, became a legend in her tumultuous times, and showed the world how to live with style. Tilar J. Mazzeo brings to life the woman behind the label, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, in this utterly intoxicating book that is as much a fascinating journey through the process of making this temperamental wine as a biography of a uniquely tempered and fascinating woman.
Publisher: New York : Collins, c2008.
ISBN: 9780061288562
Characteristics: xxi, 264 p. :,ill., map ;,24 cm.


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Jan 23, 2016

The Widow Clicquot tells the story of an extremely intelligent woman who built her bubbly empire at a time when very few women owned companies and engaged in entrepreneurship. Dealing with crushing trade barriers and invading armies from the east, Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin nearly came to the brink of bankruptcy before striking it rich with her iconic champagne and its famous yellow label. What I really liked about this book is that you learn all about the champagne-making process as you follow the Widow's story - including the remuage process that she invented. You also see how different the product was during that time - in fact, it was nothing like it is today. Whether you're an oenophile or interested in either business or history, you'll definitely like the Widow Clicquot!

Aug 08, 2014

The Widow Clicquot: the Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman who Ruled it. By Tilar J. Mazzeo. Widowed at an early age and unusual for the age in which she lived, the Veuve Barbe-Nicole did the unusual: the grew an empire based on the produce of the Champagne region of France and despite repeated civil uprisings, a major revolution, war, the vagaries of the harvest, economic depression she grew her produce to a name that has international recognition. Mazzeo tells the story well; she makes it all accessible. Rarely does “corporate history”, and it certainly wasn’t that during its formative years, read so well. This is a face of history we don’t get to see too often.

Mar 12, 2011

A relaxed, undemanding read best embarked upon in one’s bathtub. Make certain to have a frosty bottle of the superior bubbly within easy reach. Cheers!

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