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.

Hungry, Tired, Thirsty, and in Love

Photo cred: Ron Essex Photography

“The day is winding down and three people are doing what they love, and I even say as much… “isn’t this fucking amazing what we get to do?” We’re about to talk about the ten wines in front of us… what’s compelling about #2 or why we should kick out #7, and we are each—the three of us—focused on our mission and in love with what we do, and a little weary, but only from standing up all day. We each came to our craft with different experiences and different goals, but now together only one thing matters. We discuss the structures of the wines, defend the wines we think should be included, make the case for eliminating the wines that aren’t good enough. We three are there in that room, the echoing of equipment outside in the winery winding down at the end of the day, tasting those wines, together; we three, fighting off the distractions and fighting off the fatigue and the accretion of tannin on the tongue from the hours of tasting. We three, with the future of the brand at stake, late into the day, together. Hungry and tired and thirsty and in love.”

Excerpt From: Steven Kent Mirassou. “Lineage: Life and Love and Six Generations in California Wine.”

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