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.

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 particular wine.

With W.A.F.T. (Wood. Acid. Fruit. Tannin.) there are no scores or grades. There is only Yes or No.

W.A.F.T. is about balance, about all the fundamental elements of a wine working together to create harmony and deliciousness.

W.A.F.T. is a great way of thinking about wines because it is not a static measure (it’s not a measure at all!). W.A.F.T. is not subject to appellation, variety, or vintage but is an individualistic way of thinking more deeply about what it is you are drinking and hopefully gaining more pleasure from it at the same time.

Next time you drink a glass of wine, W.A.F.T. a little, too!

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