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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,006 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tilar Mazzeo Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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?

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. A young witness to the dramatic events of 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. 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.

Although the Widow Clicquot is still a legend in her native France, her story has never been told in all its richness - until now. Painstakingly researched and elegantly written, The Widow Clicquot provides a glimpse into the life of a woman who arranged clandestine and perilous champagne deliveries to Russia one day and entertained Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte on another. She was 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. Her legacy lives on today, not simply through the famous product that still bears her name, but now through Mazzeo's finely crafted book.

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 utterly intoxicating. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Margaret Sankey | 2/6/2014

    " If you've ever looked at the bright yellow label and wondered if there really was a Veuve Clicquot rather than a marketing creation, the answer is oui--Barb-Nicole, bourgeois survivor of the French Revolution, bankrupt widow and winemaking genius was not just a real person, but a revolutionizer of 19th century industry. While managing vineyards and negotiating the every changing political allegiances of France, she also invented labels and international name recognition, a secret method for storing bottles en pointe to ensure clarity, profit-sharing to keep the method secret, used the Napoleonic Wars as a marketing tool and convinced occupying Russians not to loot the cellars but to pay and sing the praises of Clicquot champagne. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Victoria | 2/2/2014

    " So far a really interesting biography of the woman behind one of the largest and most prolific Champagne empires (and my personal favorite :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Molly | 1/25/2014

    " Started out slow, thought the first chapter was overly wordy - "get to the point already." In the end I reall;y enjoyed it and learned so much about wine and the wine industry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 1/21/2014

    " I love me some good bubbly from the orange label and I learned a lot about champagne and business from this book. "

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