Meet the family
& Tom Jinks
& Robin Jinks-Yates
Kristof Nils Anderson
SUSIE ROBINSON-JINKS & TOM JINKS
Chief Everything Officers
Longtime Napa Valley residents, Tom and Susie Robinson-Jinks, proudly carry on the Robinson Family Vineyards legacy which began in 1967 when Susie’s parents, retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Bud Robinson and his wife, Helen, purchased the 78 acre property in what is now known as the renowned Stags Leap District.
Convinced in 1970 to plant the property to vineyards by friends and neighbors, including wine-industry pioneers Nathan Fay and Father Tom Turnbull, Robinson Family Vineyards was born and, with it, the rich tradition in family winemaking that exists to this day.
Susie, a former army brat, began working in the vineyard and the winery alongside her father as a teenager. Tom Jinks, a Napa Valley native, began helping out in the vineyard in high school when he began dating Susie. The pair married in 1971 and went to long and successful careers in real estate and construction ‘retiring’ to fulltime vineyard and winery management.
Today, Robinson Family thrives under Susie and Tom’s guidance, supported by their three daughters and eight grandchildren.
The eldest of Tom and Susie’s three daughters, Carrie manages day to day office operations for RFV including hosting private tours and tastings, managing events and overseeing the RFV wine club. A graduate of Justin Siena High and Cal Polytechnic University with a major in Ag. Business, Carrie also assists in harvest, winemaking and production. When she is not at the vineyard, you will undoubtedly find her on the sidelines of ballgames around Napa and northern California supporting her three sons with her husband, Napa High School Math teacher, Coach Joe Madigan.
KIM JINKS-WHIPPLE & ROBIN JINKS-YATES
The Infamous Twins
Kim and Robin are a fixture at RFV, assisting in tastings, events, harvest and production.
Kim, an avid sportswoman, graduated from Chico State University with a degree in Physical Education before joining the Napa High School staff as a Physical Education teacher. She is the proud mother of two children, including the only girl among Susie and Tom’s eight grandchildren.
Robin also attended Chico State where she majored in Physical Education. When she is not carting her sons and nephews to sporting and 4-H events around Napa Valley, she is behind the tasting bar at RFV or having a laugh with her siblings.
KRISTOF NILS ANDERSON
Full-time winemaking responsibilities fall to Tom, but he is happy to take some needed cues from celebrated winemaker, Kristof Nils Anderson, who has been making wine in the Napa Valley since 1992.
Former winemaker at Lewis Cellars and protégé of consultant Nils Venge, Kristof has worked hard to hone the skills required of an accomplished craftsman including performing a stint in analysis at ETS Wine Labs in St. Helena. He is currently winemaker for Gargiulo Vineyards in Oakville and Scribe Winery in Carneros. We appreciate the extra time Kristof has to consult with us on the Robinson Family wines.