Jean Flintsmith grew up in San Jose, California. With one parent in the wine industry, she’s been in and out of tasting rooms her whole life and can think of no more powerful sense-memory than the scent of a barrel room. She officially discovered her love of wine the first time she had a bite of dark chocolate immediately followed by a sip of Zinfandel. Although her main passion is creative writing she has never lost interest in food and wine pairings.
After graduating with a BA from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, a chance move to Sonoma County gave Jean the opportunity to work for an estate grown hard cider company. There she learned about things like the expression terroir in a finished bottle, whether it’s made from apples or from grapes. One afternoon she visited Emeritus for a tasting, fell in love with Ruby Ruby, and signed up for her first wine club ever—#adulting.
Six months later Jean jumped at the chance to join the Emeritus team and is loving every second of it, from helping out in the tasting room to running the company’s social media accounts. When her husband proposed, Hallberg Ranch was the natural choice for their engagement photos.
Jean is a cat mom of three rescues, and will be more than happy to show off pictures and swap pet stories. Her second oldest cat is also a big fan of the Ruby Ruby, and rosé in general, despite being quickly shooed away from the glass every time. Apparently it runs in the family!