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.

Category: WORDS

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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Harvest

The purest day is a day without hands. Face clean, Numbers – reliquary abstraction. Blankness is blessed, and it unwinds to ancient time. Below the beat of clock, deaf to appointment, to hunger, to anticipation. The end comes when we are told; Foretelling is for fools. Harvest.

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I Dream of the Pruning Shear

I dream of the pruning shear. And the wood unmoored, And the fulgent buds as they fall. I come upon a hand of shading fingers Where one will suffice, A crone’s polydactyly. The chink of shear, and the weep at the reaping. The blood tastes Of sweet clean water. On

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Storytelling

I believe strongly in listening to and telling stories. Storytelling is how we share (family history), how we teach (family craft), and how we connect emotionally. There are a lot of ways to tell stories, and I will be trying many of them out. Just as I am never quite sure how

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