Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet and travel writer.

Best known for his novel Treasure Island and his classic tale The Strange Case o Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He was also a wine connoisseur of some renown.

Stevenson spent much of his life in poor health and it seems that he moved around frequently trying to find  a fine climate that would suit his health. In one of his travels in France, met and felt in love with an american woman called Fanny. So he decided to move to San Francisco,  to be with her and her children from a previous marriage. They married and spent a summer at Napa Valley and it is there were he began to recover from his illness.

It is during this period at Napa Valley, playing with Fanny’s son and enjoying the good climate that made him feel better, that he started to think about the novel Treasure Island, and when book was published it became an instant hit and he became an international celebrity.

While there he was writing about people he met and kept a specific journal that he was planning to turn into a book. So he did and when published it was sort of the first PR of the Napa region.

Stevenson wrote as well about Schramsberg, a local winery, in the Silverado Squatters, name that he gave to Mount Saint Helena. Once he was famous, the winemakers and all of Napa Valley received a publicity boost from Silverado Squatters – the welcome sign still features a quote from Robert Louis Stevenson, who  described Napa’s wine as “bottled poetry”

Do you agree ???   Is wine for you also bottled poetry ???