Esther Mobley, SF Chronicle

Esther Mobley

SF Chronicle

San Francisco, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Esther:

This Bay Area winemaker found a much more affordable vineyard — in France

Jonathan Pey, of Pey-Marin Vineyards, wanted to leave the Bay Area because of affordability and climate change. So he bought a vineyard in the storied French wine region of Beaujolais. → Read More

You’re at Total Wine on Thanksgiving. Here are the best bottles to buy in the Bay Area

If you're doing your Thanksgiving wine shopping at Total Wine & More in the San Francisco Bay Area, these are the best bottles to buy for the big meal. → Read More

Think wine advertising is sexist today? Check out these Chronicle articles from 1942

During World War II, the California wine industry saw an opportunity to market to housewives. Turns out, some of these gender stereotypes still haven't evolved. → Read More

How S.F. surfers rescued one of the city's most notorious dive bars

Pittsburgh’s Pub was the most notorious dive bar in the Outer Sunset. Then two local surfers and lifelong neighborhood residents took it over and revamped it. → Read More

He rarely gets credit, but this winemaker helped inspire California's natural wine movement

Paul Draper, the longtime winemaker at Ridge Vineyards, was practicing 'pre-industrial winemaking' in California before it was cool. It inspired natural wine. → Read More

Winery opens ambitious, three-story tasting palace in S.F. — with an underground supper club

Sonoma County biodynamic winery Eco Terreno is opening a three-story tasting room in North Beach with an underground supper club featuring live music. → Read More

This zero-waste, low-ABV ‘wine tea’ is winning over the Bay Area

Piquette, a ‘wine tea’ made at the end of the harvest season, is becoming more popular in California. Once the domain of natural wine, it's now gone mainstream. → Read More

The best Napa and Sonoma wine tastings for $30 and under

Yes, there are still some affordable options in Wine Country. → Read More

Why natural wine people desperately want you to stop saying ‘funky’

The word ‘funky’ has become a trendy way to describe natural wines. But now many wine professionals have disavowed the term, saying it reinforces stereotypes. → Read More

The most beautiful wineries in Napa and Sonoma

These are the best wineries to visit in Napa, Sonoma and the Bay Area with scenic views and beautiful architecture. → Read More

This climate-friendly farming approach could also make better-tasting wine

Farmers practicing regenerative farming, which sequesters carbon in soils, say it isn’t just good for the planet. It may also improve the taste of wines in California. → Read More

Dreamy popsicle cocktails are having a moment in the Bay Area

These maximalist libations were made to be photographed. → Read More

This Napa vineyard looks totally bizarre. Here's why it could help with climate change

One Napa farmer has planted his vineyard in a very unorthodox way, lining red grapes on... → Read More

These are the best wines, according to the world’s most downloaded wine app. But does our critic agree?

In an experiment using the popular app Vivino, crowd-sourced ratings of top wines were surprisingly similar to those written by a professional critic. → Read More

It’s impossible to tell how California’s 2022 wine grape harvest is going

It’s that special time of year in Wine Country: harvest. But winemakers are reporting vastly different outcomes. → Read More

S.F.'s newest, biggest Souvla is debuting a new menu for the first time in 8 years

Souvla’s fifth outpost, in San Francisco’s Dogpatch, contains a restaurant within a restaurant: a meze bar serving Greek wines and traditional bites. → Read More

Bay Area's latest sensation is hushed Japanese jazz bars

Hi-fi bars, a Japanese genre in which jazz records are played on a high-quality sound system, are suddenly proliferating in the Bay Area. Here’s why. → Read More

Napa’s ‘Disneyland’ wineries: Are they actually worth the trip?

What are Napa Valley's most popular wineries, and are they worth visiting? Castello di Amorosa, Del Dotto, Hall and Raymond are kitschy fun for some but cringeworthy for others. → Read More

The secret behind the Bay Area’s most popular tropical beers: GMO yeast

East Bay startup Berkeley Yeast produces genetically modified strains that can produce... → Read More

This new S.F. bar may be the first in the country to serve exclusively Mexican wines

Cantina Los Mayas opens Thursday in San Francisco with upscale Mayan cuisine and 45... → Read More