The Widow Clicquot

The Widow Clicquot

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

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Veuve Clicquot champagne epitomizes glamour, style, and luxury. 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? Cultural historian Mazzeo brings to life the woman behind the iconic yellow label: Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin. A young witness to the French Revolution and a new widow during the chaotic years of the Napoleonic Wars, Barbe-Nicole defied convention by assuming--after her husband's death--the reins of the fledgling wine business they had nurtured, and became one of the world's first great businesswomen and one of the richest women of her time. This book provides a glimpse into the life of a daring and determined entrepreneur, a bold risk taker, and an audacious and intelligent woman who took control of her own destiny when fate left her on the brink of financial ruin.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Collins, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061288562
006128856X
Branch Call Number: Biography B Cli

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GlenAbbeyWarrior
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!

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zipread
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.

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TheSponge
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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