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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Grande Dame

My favorite champagne and not just because of it's perfect tiny bubbles.
It is because of the woman behind the name "Grande Dame"-Barb Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin.
A woman raised to be a wife and mother, left as a widow before she was thirty years old with a young child to take care of. She had no training and little experience of the world. Regardless of these events, she took hold of her own destiny and through determination and talent, she transformed a small unknown family wine trade into one of the great champagne houses of the world.
She just refused to compromise.