Born and raised in a small town in Northwest Iowa, Emily graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA with an English degree and no idea what to do with it.
Fortunately, her childhood-sweetheart-turned-husband Cody had accepted a job in Sonoma County working for Balletto Vineyards & Winery, and Emily dove into the world of wine as a marketing assistant at the wine private sales site invino.
After passing the Wine & Spirits Education Trust Level III Exam and harvesting grapes in New Zealand, Emily returned to Sonoma and worked at Ram’s Gate Winery as Brand & Communications Manager for five years. In 2016, she began working as a marketing consultant, and Emily Rasmussen Communications began.
In April of 2018 Emily and Cody launched Desire Lines Wine Co., making Riesling, Syrah, Carignan and a few other fun wines from phenomenal vineyards in California.
In February 2019, they welcomed their son Caleb, and in May of 2021, their son Drew. They live in Sonoma, California with their boisterous Golden Retriever and winery mascot, Maya.