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 Mirassou Family’s Legacy in San Jose

Thank you, Mary Orlin, for your wonderful story in Edible Silicon Valley about the Mirassou family and its legacy of winemaking in the South Bay. Below is a little taste.

MO: Why is it important to tell your lineage story, and what is the Mirassou legacy?

SKM: The fundamental reason for wanting to write this book was to be able to dive deeply into and pull meaning from the craft of winemaking and the family devotion to growing and making something that is so connective and magical.

The Mirassou family helped show that Santa Clara Valley, and then Monterey County, were world-class wine growing areas. My family was one of the winemaking forerunners of the California wine business back in the ’50s and ’60s. What they gave me personally was a love for vineyards, a love of both the craftsmanship and artistic side of winemaking.

I’m looking forward to moving forward with my family as we hopefully get to the next six generations of California winemaking down the road.

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