October 18, 1923: On this day, Mauricio González-Gordon y Díez was born. As a fifth generation member of the family business and the Marquis of Bonanza, he grew González Byass, already one of the most recognizable bodega names in the Spanish wine industry, into a globally respected supplier of sherry. He was also an avid ornithologist and conservationist. He passed away in 2013.

October 18, 1939: On this day, Michael Keller Ditka was born. In addition to his Hall-of-Fame college football and professional football career, he has his own wine brand, Mike Ditka Wines, which produces award winning wines in Mendocino County, California.

October 18, 2009: On this day, Rupi del Vino was released. This documentary directed by Ermanno Olmi and Giacomo Gatti pays homage to the landscapes, traditions, and architectural legacy of the Valtellina region’s wine making tradition.

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