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.