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.

The “M” of GSM Takes Center Stage

Mourvèdre is an amazing grape that pulses at the heart of Bandol. Wearing the in family photos of its G and S brethren, Mourvèdre, similar, to Cabernet Franc, sports its sometimes funky aromatics and flavors as a garland. Sometimes reeking (in the best way!) of cured and roasted meats, sometimes – as in the case of The Steven Kent Winery’s newest TLC Club release, The Winter  – its dark fruit and sexy acidity are the structuring parentheses of a flat-out delicious wine.

The fruit for this wine comes from an organically farmed vineyard in the Sloughhouse sub-appellation of Lodi, called Sheldon Hills, where it takes its Spanish varietal name – Monastrell. Planted by Marcus Bokisch, one of the fathers of Iberian varieties in California, this site offers in its loamy soils and proximity to Delta rivers, a perfect spot to wring the necessary funk and spunk from this classic grape.

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