Ready? Okay, class in session. This will be on the quiz… Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin married François Clicquot at the age of 21. Her husband died six years later, in 1805, leaving his widow (veuve in French) in control of a company involved in various ventures including champagne production. In her own right, Madame was wealthy by virtue of her very well connected family. Her father was made mayor of Reims (pronounced /raahnce/), in the heart of the Champagne-Ardenne region, by Napoleon’s decree. Under her management and her skill with wine, the company developed early champagne using a novel technique called riddling, resulting in a bubbly, yet clear, not cloudy wine as before. The champagne house that bears her nickname set up an award for female owners or managers of companies, which is on going.
Of course it’s pretty spectacular empty, too! Keep on your counter to collect the mail or hold fruit of the moment and then, come party time, fill and enjoy! It just shouts festive!