October 7, 1840: On this day, the first woman winemaker, Hannah Elizabeth Rabbe Weinberger, was born in New Albany, Indiana. Hannah was married to John Weinberger, an immigrant from Weissenburg. He had arrived in New York in 1848, then met Hannah while living in Cincinnati and Indianapolis, before moving to California in 1870, where he set up a winery. In 1882 he was abruptly killed, and the now-widowed Hannah took over management of the winery, making her the first woman winemaker in Napa Valley. Hannah continued making wine until prohibition forced her to shut her operations down.

October 7, 2011: On this day, the wine documentary Boom Varietal was released. The award-winning documentary follows Argentine vineyards from their humble local beginnings growing Malbec all the way to their current status producing one of the world’s most popular wines. Local figures from the Argentine wine industry contribute their viewpoints on the business prospects.

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