February 19, 1866: On this day, Mary Elizabeth Anderson was born. In addition to inventing and acquiring the patent for car windshield wipers, she ran a vineyard in California.

February 19, 1870: Nathaniel de Rothschild, who started the Rothschild family‘s French winemaking branch, passed away. He purchased the Château Brane Mouton in Pauillac, Gironde département, in 1853 from a Paris financier by the name of Thuret who had earlier purchased it from Baron Hector de Branne in 1830. The 65 acres (263,000 m2) of Brane-vineyards Mouton’s were purchased for 1,175,000 francs, and the estate was given the new name Château Mouton Rothschild. It would emerge to become one of the most renowned wineries in the entire world. His uncle James bought the nearby Château Lafite vineyard in 1868. It was a prominent first-growth (premier cru) property that was more than three times the size of Chateau Mouton, which led to familial rivalry. Château Mouton’s owner was very displeased when he learned that his wine was classified second in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.

February 19, 1962: On this day Alvaro Espinoza was born. Considered a pioneer of biodynamic wine making techniques in South America, he runs the family-owned Antiyal Winery from his property in the Maipo province of Chile.

February 19, 2010: On this day, Blood into Wine, a wine documentary, was released. The film focuses on famous musician Maynard James Keenan, and Eric Glomski, as they produce wine in Arizona at Caduceus Cellars.

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