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The Widow Clicquot : The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It - Tilar J Mazzeo

The Widow Clicquot

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

Paperback Published: 1st April 2010
ISBN: 9780061288586
Number Of Pages: 304

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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.

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"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." -- Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers
"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
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
"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

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Prologuep. xi
Child of the Revolution, Child of the Champagnep. 1
Wedding Vows and Family Secretsp. 11
Champagne Dreamsp. 24
Anonymity in Their Bloodp. 36
Crafting the Cuvéep. 49
The Champagne Widowp. 60
Partner and Apprenticep. 70
Alone at the Brink of Ruinp. 84
War and the Widow's Triumphp. 100
A Comet over Russia: The Vintage of 1811p. 113
The Industrialist's Daughterp. 121
The Wine Aristocratsp. 130
Flirting with Disasterp. 143
The Champagne Empirep. 155
La Grande Damep. 166
The Queen of Reimsp. 178
Afterwordp. 187
Acknowledgmentsp. 193
Notesp. 195
Selected Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 257
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ISBN: 9780061288586
ISBN-10: 0061288586
Series: P.S.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st April 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.5 x 13.5  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.24

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