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The Widow Clicquot (P.S.) [Kindle Edition]

Tilar J. Mazzeo
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"The Widow Clicquot, Tilar J. Mazzeo's sweeping oenobiography of Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, is the story of a woman who was a smashing success long before anyone conceptualized the glass ceiling."--New York Times Book Review

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Veuve Clicquot champagne epitomizes glamour, style, and luxury. In The Widow Clicquot, Tilar J. Mazzeo brings to life—for the first time—the fascinating woman behind the iconic yellow label: Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, who, after her husband's death, defied convention by assuming the reins of the fledgling wine business they had nurtured together. Steering the company through dizzying political and financial reversals, she became one of the world's first great businesswomen and one of the richest women of her time.

As much a fascinating journey through the process of making this temperamental wine as a biography of a uniquely tempered woman, The Widow Clicquot is the captivating true story of a legend and a visionary.

Synopsis

Veuve Clicquot champagne epitomizes glamour and style, with tribute paid everywhere from Lord Byron to Casablanca. But who was this young widow - the 'Veuve' - Clicquot, whose champagne sparkled at the courts of France, Britain and Russia, and how did she rise to celebrity and fortune? The Widow Clicquot brings to life the woman behind the label: Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin (1777-1866), a daring and determined entrepreneur, who during the tumultuous years of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars became one of the richest women of her time - singlehandedly founding a champagne house that remains a distinguished name. Newly widowed, she assumed the reins of the fledgling wine business she and her husband started, steering it through huge political and financial reversals to succeed as a single woman in a man's world. Visitors flocked to see this cultural icon and taste the vintages she imbued with magic. Her winemaking inventions and experiments changed the history of champagne. As much a fascinating journey through the process of making this temperamental wine as a biography of a uniquely tempered woman, The Widow Clicquot is a read to savor.

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Veuve Clicquot champagne epitomizes glamour, style, and luxury. In The Widow Clicquot, Tilar J. Mazzeo brings to life—for the first time—the fascinating woman behind the iconic yellow label: Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, who, after her husband's death, defied convention by assuming the reins of the fledgling wine business they had nurtured together. Steering the company through dizzying political and financial reversals, she became one of the world's first great businesswomen and one of the richest women of her time.

As much a fascinating journey through the process of making this temperamental wine as a biography of a uniquely tempered woman, The Widow Clicquot is the captivating true story of a legend and a visionary.

About the Author

Tilar J. Mazzeo, is a cultural historian and biographer and a passionate student of wine and food culture. She divides her time between the California wine country in Sonoma county and Maine, where she is an assistant professor of English at Colby College. Her extensive travels include tours of vineyards throughout Europe and the west coast of the United States, as well as cooking school in the Loire Valley. She is president of the International Society for Travel Writing and is the author of nearly two dozen books, articles, essays, and reviews pertaining to women, travel, and history.
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