And enjoying the glow from this review of From Bubbles to Boardrooms by the astute francophone William Rodarmor:
"I know very little about wine and don't often drive up to Napa Valley, but I loved Michaela Rodeno's book From Bubbles to Boardrooms. A lively writer and a true insider, Rodeno started in the early 1970s by shepherding Moët's brave investment in Domaine Chandon before going on to other adventures in the wine trade. (Full disclosure: I have tasted and liked her 2010 Sangiovese.)
I'm a French literary translator, so I especially enjoyed the book's occasional Gallicisms. These include a visit by a cranky Moët taster who described some Napa varietals as "exécrable," "abominable," "imbuvable" or, grudgingly, "pas mal" (= execrable, abominable, undrinkable, not bad). Also, the time Ms. Rodeno got what she calls a "fessée" from celebrity chef (and bottom-pincher) Paul Bocuse.
More seriously, Rodeno's book has enough hard-won wisdom to make it invaluable reading for anyone launching a start-up, whether they plan to sell wine or widgets."