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.

Author: Steven Mirassou

Great Review for My Book!

I am gratified to share another wonderful review for my book – Lineage: Life and Love and Six Generations in California Wine. “This is a book like no other. It is a combination of autobiography and beautiful poetic prose: “This sweaty ferment that is the wine production business is like

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The Mirassou Family’s Legacy in San Jose

Thank you, Mary Orlin, for your wonderful story in Edible Silicon Valley about the Mirassou family and its legacy of winemaking in the South Bay. Below is a little taste. MO: Why is it important to tell your lineage story, and what is the Mirassou legacy? SKM: The fundamental reason for wanting

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The “M” of GSM Takes Center Stage

Mourvèdre is an amazing grape that pulses at the heart of Bandol. Wearing the M in family photos of its G and S brethren, Mourvèdre, similar, to Cabernet Franc, sports its sometimes funky aromatics and flavors as a garland. Sometimes reeking (in the best way!) of cured and roasted meats, sometimes

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New Reviews and Podcasts for Lineage Book

More reviews and podcast appearances related to Lineage: Life and Love and Six Generations in California Wine. From the Midwest Book Review: “Offering a unique and true insider’s perspective to the California wine making industry, “Lineage: Life and Love and Six Generations in California Wine” is an impressively informative blend

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Featured on SipSipHooray! Podcast

I had the great pleasure to be a guest on Mary Orlin and Mary Babbitt’s podcast: SipSipHooray! to talk about family history, Livermore Valley, wine, and the publication of my book, Lineage: Life and Love and Six Generations in California Wine. Both Marys are long-time wine industry experts and friends.

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Cabernet Franc Day

“The best Cab Franc continually resonates at a pitch and frequency just out of the range of comfortable explication. It is the great conniver, is Cabernet Franc. At one moment it is as prosaic in the nose as mediocre Merlot—all cherry and wood. In the next though, it’s as mysterious

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Soil

More than a perfect spot to grow important grape varieties well, Ghielmetti, or Out From Land, as it came to be called by my family, became the center of a vision for living that captivates to this day. Nestled in the 100 acres of vines is an olive grove of 111

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Stove

“The genius of the best wine and food is the seemingly effortless way in which complicated and disparate ingredients harmonize a series of notes into an irreducible and unrepeatable song. No matter how many components are in the dish or how many different grape varieties are in a blend, there

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