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Esther Mobley

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San Francisco, CA, United States

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Past articles by Esther:

The Bay Area’s best new bars in 2021

These 12 bars stood out among all the Bay Area’s new openings for delicious drinks, fun... → Read More

Wine and NHL mogul Bill Foley buys Sonoma's Chateau St. Jean with plans to restore its former glory

Chateau St. Jean, a famous winery landmark in Sonoma Valley, has been sold by the... → Read More

The king of flashy Napa wineries just acquired a new tasting room in a prime Rutherford location

Jean-Charles Boisset, the vintner who owns Buena Vista, the Oakville Grocery and other... → Read More

9 actually good, affordable wines to get at Bay Area grocery stores: Costco, Gus’s and Berkeley Bowl

Grocery stores are not always the best places to shop for wine. But these three Bay Area... → Read More

The best California wines and spirits worth a holiday splurge or gift, 2021

These locally produced bottles of Napa Cabernet, single-malt whiskey and more are classic treaures fit for a feast or a gift → Read More

Here are the best California Cabernets for $20 or less right now

Finding an inexpensive California Cab that actually tastes good can be tricky. Wine... → Read More

The Prisoner is one of Napa's most popular wines. It also glamorizes something ugly: incarceration

There is no winery in Napa Valley like the Prisoner Wine Co. The sleek building with... → Read More

California is officially keeping to-go cocktails and drinking in restaurant parklets

On Friday morning, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed three bills into law that ease alcohol... → Read More

S.F.'s most thrilling new wine destination for industry insiders: this quiet Turkish restaurant

Kitchen Istanbul was always a good, reliable, neighborhood-focused restaurant. Then the... → Read More

A popular Oakland sex shop is opening a cocktail bar, penis decor included

Feelmore Social Club, a new sex-positive bar, is slated to open in downtown Oakland early... → Read More

How 4 bartenders saved the 540 Club, the Richmond District's most atmospheric dive bar

The 540 Club, which has operated as a dive bar on Clement St. since the 1940s, will... → Read More

San Francisco's favorite new cocktail is the briny 'coastal martini.' Here are the best to try

Local bars and restaurants are making martinis that summon the unique flora of the Bay... → Read More

California is close to permanently legalizing takeout cocktails and parklet drinking

The governor may sign two new bills into law soon that would expand restaurants’ and... → Read More

One of California's most influential modern wineries, Dirty & Rowdy, is ending after 11 years

Dirty & Rowdy Family Wines, which developed a devoted following for its experimental,... → Read More

Controversial owners of Fiji Water just bought an esteemed Napa winery

The Wonderful Company, which owns Pom juice, Fiji Water and several California wineries,... → Read More

Critics say 'zero-zero' wines are vinegary disasters. But these crowd-pleasing bottles are delicious

Zero-zero wines, a radical form of natural winemaking, are on the rise in the Bay Area.... → Read More

Inside California wine's growing avant-garde: the 'zero-zero' winemakers

You’ve heard of natural wine. Now, some California winemakers are taking natural to the... → Read More

One of the few public wine companies just added a new perk: wine discounts for shareholders

Vintage Wine Estates, one of the few Bay Area wine companies to ever go public, is now... → Read More

Severe drought is forcing one of Sonoma's best Syrah vineyards to make no wine

After months of severe drought, the grapevines at Griffin's Lair Vineyard in Petaluma are... → Read More

Napa natural wine club whose 'cult-like' job went viral is even more eccentric than it sounds

A Napa natural-wine seller’s job posting went viral on Twitter for it’s cult-like... → Read More