from author’s website


Rebecca Rosenberg is a lavender farmer, champagne geek and award-winning author of four books …

She fell in love with méthode champenoise in Sonoma, California, where she lives on a lavender farm with her family and founded the country’s largest lavender company. (See Sonoma Lavender article in the New York Times.) Her book Lavender Fields of America was published in 2012 and a new edition in 2022.

Since then, she has pursued decades of delicious research about champagne in the wine caves and cellars of France and California. She is a champagne historian, tour guide and champagne cocktail creator for Breathless Wines. Rebecca is also a speaker for the National Women’s History Alliance.

Champagne Widows Novels

When Rebecca discovered the real-life widows who made champagne a world-wide phenomenon, she knew she’d dedicate years to telling the stories of these remarkable women, Veuve Clicquot, Madame Pommery and Lily Bollinger.

Her other gold medal award-winning novels include The Secret Life of Mrs. London and Gold Digger, the Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor.


Champagne, France, 1860. Madame Pommery, an etiquette teacher and orphanage founder, loses her husband and is forced to support her family. With no experience, the forty-year-old widow decides to make champagne. Her unique vision is to change it from a sweet dessert beverage to a dry, crisp wine to be enjoyed anytime. When champagne makers refuse to teach her their craft, she forges ahead on her own and secretly begins the excavation of champagne caves under the Reims city dump.

Soon after, her son and her entire crew are conscripted to fight the Franco-Prussian war, leaving Madame Pommery alone to struggle with her champagne dreams. After Napoleon and a hundred thousand French troops are captured, the Prussians invaded France, and Prussian General Frederick Franz occupies Madame Pommery’s house as his army headquarters. Undaunted, Pommery uses her secret wine caves to hide the Francs-Tireurs, resistance fighters for France, while she plans to build a spectacular castle winery above the caves.

But when her former lover, a Scottish Baron, unexpectedly proposes marriage, Madame Pommery must choose between nobility and her passionate quest for fine champagne and the most beautiful winery in the world.

Based on a true story, Madame Pommery is a heroic novel about a mother and widow who fights the Prussians, the social class system, champagne patriarchs, and champagne tastes to create a champagne legacy.

Available for purchase here.


“The sun-drenched vineyards of France, a real-life heroine who against all odds refuses to give up her dreams… and champagne. What’s not to love?” ~ Barbara Davis, Best-selling author of The Echo of Old Books


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