Lineage: Life and Love and Six Generations in California Wine
by Steven Kent Mirassou
Hardcover – June 2021

Steven Kent Mirassou Headshot

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.

Winemaking: At the Crushpad

Em and I at the crushpad with fruit from Georges III Vineyard

New post on Wine Saves Lives! details how we get fruit off the vine and into the fermenter.

Getting Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa to the Livermore Valley requires a very early morning start, a bunch of coffee, and a U-Haul truck. But once the fruit is on the crushpad a few different machines are used to get the grapes ready for fermentation.

In the video above, I describe the process of destemming, sorting, and crushing fruit – getting it ready to be transformed by fermentation (and the thoughtful winemaker) into something magical and delicious!

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