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The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It (P.S.) by [Mazzeo, Tilar J.]
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"Tilar J. Mazzeo's informed and enlightening biography of Madame Clicquot, the widow and, more important, the businesswoman, retrieves her vintage story as if looking for a rare bottle in one of the Champagne region's deepest caves."--Newsday

"Mazzeo's resulting book is an enticing stew of biography and history."--USA Today

"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

"Joan of Arc and Madame Clicquot were the two women heroes I knew when growing up in France. What a gift to have this new, well-researched biography of one of the world's first 'legitimate' businesswoman, our contemporary as a global business leader."--Mireille Guiliano, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, French Women Don't Get Fat

"Told in a light and graceful style that is just right for its subject.... [I]t's a fascinating trip, made even more so by Ms. Mazzeo's charming cameo appearances as a kind of tour guide.... This example of Barbe-Nicole's voice is exceptional...an intoxicating business biography."--Julia Flynn Siler, The Wall Street Journal

"The Widow Clicquot is someone we should all know about.... Long a shadowy, legend-obscured figure, in Tilar Mazzeo's agile hands the widow sheds her weeds and takes form before our eyes as a distinctly modern entrepreneur....The result is narrative history that fizzes with life and feeling."--Benjamin Wallace, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Billionaire's Vinegar

"This book is full of fascinating morsels of information."--Canberra Times

"If you like champagne, "The Widow Clicquot" by Tilar J. Mazzeo is definitely worth a drink."--Associated Press

"Mazzeo's tale moves swiftly through Barbe-Nicole's many accomplishments, including her method for storing bottles nose-down--an innovation that allowed the second fermentation detritus to be cleared efficiently, setting her far ahead of her competitors."--Los Angeles Times

Joan of Arc and Madame Clicquot were the two women heroes I knew when growing up in France. What a gift to have this new, well-researched biography of one of the world s first legitimate businesswoman, our contemporary as a global business leader. --Mireille Guiliano, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, French Women Don't Get Fat"

The Widow Clicquot is someone we should all know about.... Long a shadowy, legend-obscured figure, in Tilar Mazzeo s agile hands the widow sheds her weeds and takes form before our eyes as a distinctly modern entrepreneur....The result is narrative history that fizzes with life and feeling. --Benjamin Wallace, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Billionaire's Vinegar"

Told in a light and graceful style that is just right for its subject . [I]t s a fascinating trip, made even more so by Ms. Mazzeo s charming cameo appearances as a kind of tour guide . This example of Barbe-Nicole s voice is exceptional an intoxicating business biography. --Julia Flynn Siler, The Wall Street Journal"

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"

Mazzeo s resulting book is an enticing stew of biography and history. --USA Today"

If you like champagne, The Widow Clicquot by Tilar J. Mazzeo is definitely worth a drink. --Associated Press"

Tilar J. Mazzeo s informed and enlightening biography of Madame Clicquot, the widow and, more important, the businesswoman, retrieves her vintage story as if looking for a rare bottle in one of the Champagne region s deepest caves. --Newsday"

This book is full of fascinating morsels of information. --Canberra Times"

Mazzeo s tale moves swiftly through Barbe-Nicole s many accomplishments, including her method for storing bottles nose-down an innovation that allowed the second fermentation detritus to be cleared efficiently, setting her far ahead of her competitors. --Los Angeles Times"

The Widow Clicquot is a miraculous feat of organization, one worthy of a doctoral thesis.... [I]n its moments of action, this is actually a gripping story. And while the book appears to be a feminist history/business biography, it's also the appealing story of the author's odyssey.--Austin Chronicle

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 867 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (16 Oct. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001IG9D4E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #246,807 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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