CHAMPAGNE WIDOWS, First Woman of Champagne, Veuve Clicquot

“This effervescent historical novel paints a richly detailed portrait of the enterprising Veuve Clicquot. The twinned plots of Clicquot and Napoleon Bonaparte’s rise and fall are filled with detail that give life to this far-off time. The prose is light, yet detailed, and peppered with moments of wry humor. Napoleon’s characterization is well-crafted and give his character new life. Clicquot’s character is charming, and readers will love getting to know her. Rosenberg has a superb eye for blending humor with drama.
~Publisher’s Weekly BookLife Prize

From triple-gold award-winning author, Rebecca Rosenberg: Champagne, France, 1800. Twenty-year-old Barbe-Nicole inherited Le Nez (an uncanny sense of smell) from her great-grandfather, a renowned champagne maker. She is determined to use Le Nez to make great champagne, but the Napoleon Code prohibits women from owning a business. When she learns her childhood sweetheart, François Clicquot, wants to start a winery, she marries him despite his mental illness.

Soon, her husband’s tragic death forces her to become Veuve (Widow) Clicquot and grapple with a domineering partner, the complexities of making champagne, and six Napoleon wars, which cripple her ability to sell champagne. When she falls in love with her sales manager, Louis Bohne, who asks her to marry, she must choose between losing her winery to her husband, as dictated by Napoleon Code, or losing Louis.

In the ultimate showdown, Veuve Clicquot defies Napoleon himself, risking prison and even death.


Meet Rebecca Rosenberg

Rebecca is a champagne geek, lavender farmer and triple-gold award-winning author. She is champagne historian, tour guide, and champagne cocktail expert for Breathless Wines. Rebecca Rosenberg first fell in love with methode champenoise in Sonoma Valley, California. Over decades of delicious research, she has explored the wine caves and cellars of France, Spain, Italy, and California in search of the essence of fine champagne. So when she discovered the real-life stories of the Champagne Widows of France, she knew she’d dedicate years to telling the stories of these remarkable women who suffered through loss of their husbands, laws preventing women from owning businesses, and the ravages of wars, to take champagne the world-wide phenomenon it is today. Other award winning novels include The Secret Life of Mrs. London and Gold Digger, the Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor.