Words & Wine

Lineage: Loss 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.

Home Ranch Vineyard

Our Home Ranch Vineyard. Take a look at that beautiful dirt! Our estate vineyard was planted in 1996 on top of gravel from a now-extinct river that ran through the Livermore Valley Wine Country for centuries.

The resulting gravel is hundreds of feet deep in this spot. This rock drains exceptionally well, retains heat if it gets cold later in the season, and reflects light up under the canopy, aiding in the ripening of our clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon. This clone represents 70-80% of all the Cab grown in California. It is also called the Concannon clone which traces its ancestry back to first-growth cuttings that were planted in Livermore in the 1870s.

The Steven Kent Winery makes a single-vineyard wine from this site, and the fruit is also used in a super-Tuscan style blend of Cabernet and Sangiovese called Vincere. At times, it will also be used for the Lineage | Livermore Valley blend.

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