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The Word on Words and Wine

The Word on Words and Wine

By Steven Kent Mirassou
Writer and 6th-generation winemaker, Steven Kent Mirassou, and a diverse group of guests talk about the ways words and wine help to forge emotional connections that bring joy and richness to people's lives.
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My First Book Shows up on! Ep 14
Steven talks about the process of publication and about seeing his first book on 
May 8, 2021
Range Life and Taking Care of People. Ep 13
Steven talks about the challenges of providing hospitality well, and the role that Range Life plays in the ecosystem of the new Livermore Valley. 
May 7, 2021
Delicious & Unsuccessful. Ep 12
Steven talks about the idea of authenticity and how it defines the "success" of a wine in the recounting of a blind tasting of an older vintage of Steven Kent Cabernet Franc. Theme Music: John Fremer Cover Art: Chad Kronick
April 24, 2021
Living with Wine. Ep 11
Steven talks about the Cabernets of Mt. Eden winery and the wonderful way in which one of those wines revealed new truths throughout the course of a day of living with it. He also delves into wine's essential ephemerality while urging wine lovers to take time with a wine before making quality pronoucements about it. Theme Music: John Fremer Cover Art: Chad Kronick
April 24, 2021
Paso Robles Shows the Way. Ep 10
Steven talks about his recent trip to Paso Robles wine country and what it taught him about his own growing area. Special shout-out to my great travel companions and family: Nancy Castro, Rebecca and Matt Toomey, Beth and Patrick Refsnider, Kristal Bogle and Christine Joseph. Theme Music: John Fremer Cover Art: Chad Kronick
April 9, 2021
Covid and Cabernet Franc. Ep. 9
Steven talks about how his second Covid shot makes him think about Cabernet Franc and intimate communication.  Theme Music: John Fremer Cover Art: Chad Kronick
March 30, 2021
Everybody Behaves Badly. Ep 9
Steven gives a book report on "Everybody Behaves Badly," a book by Lesley M.M. Blume that describes the creation of The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. He also delves into the creative process with particular attention paid to the the price that art exacts from everyday human interaction. 
March 23, 2021
Hospitality is Hard. Ep. 8
Steven talks about an incident at one of Livermore's great restaurants that made him lament the state of current affairs and leave him with hope for a post-pandemic "baby-boom" of emotional connection.  Theme Music - John Fremer Cover Art - Chad Kronick
March 19, 2021
Knowing a Book by Its Cover. Ep 7
Steven describes the thrill of readying his first book for publication. Lineage: Life and Love and Six Generations in California Wine is a love letter to cellars and vineyards, to the spirit of hospitality that drives him, and to all those here and gone who have lived and worked in the wine world. Available for preorder on  Theme Music by John Fremer Cover Art by Chad Kronick
March 11, 2021
The Why of Where: Authenticity Rules. Ep 6
Steven sees "Italian Bolognese" sauce at the local CVS and talks about why that kind of labeling is a cynical ploy that misses out on the idea of sanctity of place and the importance of specificity.  Theme Music by John Fremer Cover Art by Chad Kronick
March 2, 2021
An Esthetic Contemplation: Cabernet Franc. Ep 5
Steven ruminates on how esthetic contemplation (in this case, Cabernet Franc - the sexiest grape alive), necessarily opens one up to all kinds of mysterious and life-changing consequences. Theme music by John Fremer Cover art by Chad Kronick
February 22, 2021
Cutting Away the Past. Ep 4
Steven talks about how the future of a vineyard is brought about only by letting go of the past, and how certain crucial times of a year can make or break years of effort.  Theme music by John Fremer Cover art by Chad Kronick
February 16, 2021
Barbera and Michelangelo. Ep 3
Steven talks about Barbera - the noble variety from Italy, about its mysterious origins and about the role that wine can play in well-lived lives.  Theme music by John Fremer Cover art by Chad Kronick
February 9, 2021
What it Means to Take Care of People. Ep 2
Steven ruminates on the idea of Hospitality - taking care of people - and the underappreciated but vital role it plays in everyday life. 
February 7, 2021
Welcome to the Word on Words and Wine podcast. Ep 1
The Word on Words and Wine podcast debuts with Steven ruminating on Time and about creating emotional and esthetic connections that get us closer to the very heart of the thing.
February 6, 2021