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

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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: Life 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.

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Cabernet Franc is the Future of the Livermore Valley

Today begins an incredibly exciting journey as the vines were ordered for a thirteen-acre vineyard about two miles east of The Lineage Collection. Clones 214 and 332 of Cabernet Franc will go into the world-class dirt of the Livermore Valley next June and by the time we pick grapes in

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Blending Season

Blending wine is like trying to turn over, blindfolded, all the tumblers in a cage whose lock is constantly moving. The Lineage Collection winemaking team’s sole job is to free the shackled prisoner inside. She is Perfect Beauty. We always go into Blending Season with the confidence that she is

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Soil

The first time I saw our former estate vineyard rolling up from the valley floor to the base of the Altamont hills, the late rays of the summer afternoon were throwing shadows out long and epic on the loamy ground. I slowly drove my truck around the perimeter of the

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The Origin of “Lineage”

In this video, I talk about the origin of Lineage: Life and Love and Six Generations in California Wine. All thanks to Imaginem Productions for the beautiful job!

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Connecting One to Fundamental Things

“The food of the great chefs is a painstakingly thoughtful and radically imaginative distillation of centuries of technique and training upon which the empires of millennia-past forged the most enduring portion of their legacy. While these chefs, or at least the product of their intellect and emotion, spread as some

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Art and Wine: Revisiting Collector’s Circle Labels

                Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, one of the five First-Growths from the Left Bank of Bordeaux has worked with some of the greatest artists of the 20th century to create original artwork to adorn their grand vin. Back in 2003, I borrowed this idea and

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Does Your Wine Have W.A.F.T.?

If your wine has W.A.F.T. then it is beautiful and delicious! There are a million different ways of evaluating wine – point totals, grades, puffs, stars, thumbs-up, thumbs-down, you name it. Each of these methods is an imprecise way of trying to encapsulate what is good (or not-so-good) about a

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An Answering Call: Wine & Writing

I was walking back to my wretched and wonderful apartment on West 10th Street in the West Village from classes on Washington Square in 1987 when I saw a portable typewriter sitting on display in the front window of the neighborhood pawn shop. I had no money to speak of,

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Blending: Tasting and THINKING

Here is a throw-back video I made discussing how thinking (and feeling) about which wine an individual barrel should go into may be more important than tasting where it should go.

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