The Widow Clicquot, by Tilar J. Mazzeo

As you open a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, the fine French champagne, spare a moment for the Veuve (widow) Clicquot herself. Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin grew up during the French Revolution and was widowed as Napoleon conquered Europe. She took over the family wine business and navigated through the turbulent times to succeed spectacularly. Francofiles, wine and food lovers and feminists will devour (sorry) this story of a brilliant entrepreneur who became the world’s first great businesswoman.

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