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Lineage: Life and Love and Six Generations in California Wine
by Steven Kent Mirassou
Hardcover – June 2021

Steven Kent Mirassou received his BA in American Literature from the George Washington University and his MA in Literature from NYU. He was born in the Salinas Valley and grew up in San Jose and Los Gatos before going east to college. Lineage: Loss and Love and Six Generations in California Wine is his first book.

Mirassou started his wine career in sales but found his true passion after moving into the production side of the business in 1996. Steven has made the highest rated wines from the Livermore Valley, is a founder of the Mount Diablo Highlands Wine Quality Alliance, and the President of the Livermore Valley Wine Growers Association.

Steven has four adult children, April Coffey, Aidan Mirassou, Katherine Mirassou, and Sara Mirassou. He lives in Pleasanton, CA with his fiancée, Nancy Castro, and their three dogs.

Lineage: Life and Love and Six Generations in California Wine

by Steven Kent Mirassou
Hardcover – June 2021

Lineage: Life and Love and Six Generation in California Wine is my first book. I’ve spent much of the last 30 years thinking about what’s written here and many hours of the last year-and-a-half putting those thoughts on paper. Writers and winemakers have the same job, really. Each of them is desperate to communicate with someone else, to use words or grapes to tell a story and to forge an emotional connection.

Lineage – the book, then, is my attempt to get at the heart…and to the heart. It is a book about one family’s history in the wine business and a history of my winegrowing region. Mostly, though, it is a love letter to the glories of vineyards and cellars, to the craft of shepherding unruly nature into the bottomless beauty that is wine, and to all those here and gone who have lived and worked in the wine life.


“Sed rhoncus vulputate justo, id posuere quam egestas sed. Morbi sed odio blandit, dignissim turpis nec, dictum ipsum.” –Francis Ford Coppola

“Vestibulum sagittis, quam id luctus ultrices, purus purus semper justo, nec rutrum dolor nunc at justo.” –James Patterson


The Lineage Collection

I’m the 6th generation of winemakers in my family, making wine – now – in the Livermore Valley – one of California’s oldest and best grape growing areas. Click on the links below to visit my brand sites.

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The Word on Words and Wine

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Writer and 6th-generation winemaker, Steven Kent Mirassou, talks with a diverse group of artists who make things that forge emotional connections and that bring joy and richness to people’s lives.


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