Wine History: Widow Clicquot

The Widow Clicquot, Veuve Clicquot (Veuve is “Widow” in French), built a Champagne empire and transformed the industry. Barbe-Nicole Clicquot (née Ponsardin) was born on December 16, 1777. She married François Clicquot and together they started a Champagne house. François soon died, but instead of transferring the business to others, Barbe-Nicole started running it and…