Meet the Team

Jean Flintsmith

Virtual Wine Concierge

Jean Flintsmith working from home

What’s your favorite quote?

“The farther down you go, the bigger and scalier the turtles get, with sharper beaks. Until they eventually start looking less like turtles and more like dragons.” – Lev Grossman, The Magicians

What achievement do you consider your crowning glory?

It’s a toss-up between putting the new Emeritus website together and senior year in college when I wrote a 42 page paper psychology/physiology research paper on emotions in Vulcans. (These have nothing in common besides allowing me to be a great big nerd, in two very different ways.)

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When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Either the President of the United States or a writer. I still have the desire to be a novelist, the other thing not so much.

If you were a superhero, what power(s) would you have?

The ability to walk through walls, and go insubstantial at an instant’s notice so I would never stub my toe or get hit in the face by a ball ever again.

What are you doing to make the world a better place?

Making people laugh, or smile, or think. Sometimes, hopefully, all three.


Jean Flintsmith (née Flint) 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. 

Engaged couple sip wine on the Emeritus patioAfter 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.

Three cats chilling in a cat tower by the windowJean jumped at the chance to join the Emeritus team three years ago and is loving every second of it, from helping out in the tasting room and with club shipments to running the company’s social media accounts and website. (Say hello to the writer of the E-Files!) When her husband proposed, Hallberg Ranch was the natural choice for their engagement photos. 

Jean is a cat mom of three rescue girls, 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!