Crafting a Life to Be Lived Through Lessons from Loss with Winemaker Steven Kent Mirassou


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This is a very powerful episode with my guest on this show, Steven Kent Mirassou. Back in 2014, Steven and his wife found out she had just two years to live. The perspective that he shares on his experience of life, love and loss are a reminder of how short life is and how important it is to live it fully right now. Steven is a 6th generation winemaker and in this show we talk about recovering from loss, pursuing your passions in life and insights into the craftsmanship of winemaking.

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • How to identify what YOUR happy and fulfilled life looks like
  • The connection between art and science in winemaking
  • Turning your desire for beauty and craftsmanship into profit
  • Looking at business as an emotional transaction
  • The magic in valuing each and every moment of your life
  • Using wine to find more meaningful moments
  • Healing and living fully after the death of a spouse
  • Questions to ask yourself every day to make your life fuller
  • What makes the Livermore Valley special for winemaking
  • Using the idea of lineage to challenge yourself with continued growth


Steve’s Book: Life and Love and Six Generations in California Wine


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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