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.

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The Effects of Wood on Cabernet Franc

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.

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Woman in Vineyard

  “If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet    

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White Paper – 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.

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Lineage Fits in Your Pocket!

I am thrilled to let you know that my first book, Lineage: Life and Love and Six Generations in California Wine is now available on Kindle. My love letter to cellars and vineyards, to wine, and to those whose mission is to add joy and richness to peoples’ lives is

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More About Balance

Balance as an esthetic requisite and part of an overall sense of the right way to think about and make wine. A work in progress.

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2021 – The Comeback Vintage

The 2021 vintage has finally been put to bed. I could not be more excited about the potential quality of this year – thinking right now that it will be as good as 2017 and 2018 – but I am especially gratified about the wines we made from the Santa

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End of Harvest – Moment of Zen

I’ll delve much deeper into the overall quality and scope of the 2021 vintage in a future post, but I just wanted to share – at the end of the harvest season – that we finished much as we began…with cleaning stuff out. Here is your moment of Zen:  

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