This biography of a woman and a wine, takes place in the early 1800s, in France, at a time when women did not conduct business, let alone take over their husband's business. However Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin was no oridnary woman. She had witnessed the French Revolution, lived through the Napoleonic Wars, national banking disasters, and the death of her husband, possibly from typhus or by suicide. Monsieur Clicquot had a dream of making a superior champagne, which his young widow was determined to make a reality. With determination, innate savviness, and advice from her own family and in-laws, all of whom were involved in business and trade, that dream became a reality. In her lifetime, Veuve Clicquot became one of the best-known and highly rated champagnes, which is still true today. The story of its creator has been something of a mystery, but the research that forms the basis for this enthralling biography reveals the portrait of a determined, bright and shrewd businesswoman, who lived during a turbulent period in French history and created an enduring heritage. A toast to her, "à sa santé," and to many other women who have left their marks in the business of culinary arts.
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