The Widow Clicquot is the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle 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 intoxicating book that is as much a fascinating journey through the process of making this temperamental wine as a biography of a uniquely tempered woman.
From the reviews:
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.
– Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Told in a light and graceful style that is just right for its subject, ‘The Widow Clicquot’ takes us on a journey from a well-stocked wine shop in the American Midwest to the dusty Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin company archives in Reims. It’s a fascinating trip, made even more so by Ms. Mazzeo’s charming cameo
appearances as a kind of a tour guide.
– 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.
Cheers to the Widow Clicquot…Mazzeo’s book is an enticing stew of biography and history.
If you like champagne, ‘The Widow Clicquot’ by Tilar J. Mazzeo is definitely worth a drink.
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.
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, 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, The Billionaire’s Vinegar
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