Lineage: Life 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: 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 Livermore, CA with his wife, Beth Murray Mirassou, and their two dogs
A friend of mine, Brandon Wood, just opened up a new and magical cheese shop in downtown Livermore. As our wine region becomes more mature and begins showing off its world-class bona fides, it needs more artisanal places like The Cheese Parlor. Brandon and I talk cheese and wine in
Keynote Address to the 3rd Annual Cabernet Franc Celebration Copperopolis, CA April 7, 2022 ________________ Finding Home: Why the Livermore Valley Should Become Cabernet Franc’s New Spiritual Center Hello, I’m Steven Kent Mirassou, Proprietor & Winemaker of the Lineage Wine Collection, and I call the Livermore Valley home. I
In this video, I talk about the effect of different-sized barrels on Cabernet Franc. By looking at samples of the same wine from puncheons and barriques, we can see how the wood choices of winemakers can highlight or obscure the most important characteristics of Cabernet Franc.
I explore the history of Cabernet Franc in the Old World and in the New; expand upon recent thoughts of why the Livermore Valley ought to set itself up as the home of the variety in California, and what makes Cab Franc so hedonistically perfect! Check out the White Paper.
“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
Cabernet Franc often thrives despite the interventions of the winemaker; it reaches its apotheosis, then, when the winemaker is only (at a distance) watchful, bridegroom to the fizz of fermentation; shepherd to the press, to the barrel, to the blend, to that final shape that twists the tongue, molds the