"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."
Both volumes of Bubbles are available on Amazon in both print and ebook formats. The second volume covers the author's second (St. Supéry) and third winery startups (Villa Ragazzi). They'd make an inspiring Christmas gift for aspiring young people starting careers in any business...