With hundreds of Napa Valley websites out there, it is hard to stand out. But Robinson Family does something special. They draw you into their wine adventure, their story. The common motto of working hard and playing hard gets a new twist: “work hard, play hard, laugh hard, and then work a little harder,” when used to explain Tom Jinks' daily transition from tractor to cellar to handyman duties.
Tom's wife, Susie Robinson Jinks, is chief “keep it all together” officer. Susie is a second-generation owner, her parents purchased the 78-acre estate in Stags Leap in 1967. Bud and Helen Robinson were inspired to plant vines by Nathan Fay, the man who planted 80 acres of cabernet sauvignon in Stags Leap when there were only 800 acres of that grape around the entire country.
This sauvignon blanc is crisply refreshing with succulent mango, ripe melon, juicy peach and delicious pineapple.
Catherine Bugue is the Star’s tasting panel writer. Her weekly pursuit of a good glass of wine provides a nice supply of choices for the Wine of the Week column. If you’d like to submit a Napa Valley wine for this column, please send it to the Napa Valley Wine Academy, 2501 Oak St., Napa, CA 94559. There’s no guarantee your wine will be chosen to be featured, but all wines will be evaluated and considered.