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Preview — The Widow Clicquot by Tilar J. Mazzeo
The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It
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...more
"Come quickly, I am drinking the stars!", Dom Perignon, the cellar master of the ancient hillside abbey in the village of Hautvillers in the 1660s allegedly called out when his still wine developed unwanted bubbles. For many years he tried to find the source of his wine going 'bad'. Wine makers in the seventeenth century had a less charitable phrase for it. They called the bubbly vintage 'Devil's wine'. Nobody in France wanted fizzy wines.
Yeux de crapaud. Frogs eyes, it was called. ...more
"I am going to tell you a secret... you more than anyone resemble me. you who have such audacity. It is a precious quality that has been very useful to me in the course of my long life ... to dare things before others ... I am called today the grand lady Champagne! Look around you, this chateau, these unfaltering hills, I can be bolder than you realise. The w ...more
A must read if in to French history and/or culinary ...more
Unkuckily there is one fatal flaw in this book: it is a matter of fact that not much has remained to the present to understand the priv ...more
I thought the story was a very interesting juxtaposition of the history of France, the history of Champagne, and the history of Barbe-Nicole Clicquot. The three pieces were woven together nicely and the context and interplay of time period really drove the story.
The trickiest part of the bo ...more
The only problem is - - -why, oh why, do non- ...more
While this is a fascinating book in theory ...more
I think I would have been more engaged in the story of the Widow Clicquot if the book had been written as historical fiction. Instead, it's written as a biography. Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of facts known about Mrs. Clicquot--barely any of her correspondence was kept, for example--so the author resorts to phrases like "she may have. . ." or comparing her life to what other women in time peri ...more
I was fascinated by what a brilliant businesswoman she was and how many things she invented/created, from improved ...more
Book 4 of 2016
(from the author's website)