Esther Mobley

Wine Critic

Russell Yip / The Chronicle

About this Author

Wine critic Esther Mobley joined The Chronicle in 2015 to cover California wine, beer and spirits. Previously she was an assistant editor at Wine Spectator magazine in New York, and has worked harvests at wineries in Napa Valley and Argentina. She studied English literature at Smith College.

Awards & Recognition

Feature Writer of the Year, Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards, 2019

First Place, Association of Food Journalists, Best Writing on Beer, Wine or Spirits, 2019

First Place, California News Publishers Association Awards Print Contest, Feature Story, 2018

First Place, California News Publishers Association Awards Print Contest, Agricultural Reporting, 2018

First Place, Association of Food Journalists, Best Writing on Beer, Wine or Spirits, 2017

By This Author

90,000-gallon tank of wine at Rodney Strong Vineyards leaks Cabernet Sauvignon into Russian River

3:29 PM

Yes, restaurant wine lists are confusing, but occasionally they get it right

January 23, 2020 4:00 AM

Vineyards versus vernal pools: On Napa’s Atlas Peak, a neighbors’ dispute turns ugly

January 22, 2020

For the first time in 25 years, Americans are drinking less wine

January 16, 2020

‘I’m deeply ambivalent’: Winemaker Randall Grahm sells influential Bonny Doon winery

January 10, 2020

Why this wine critic is not doing Dry January

January 9, 2020

Monk’s Kettle team to open massive, family-friendly beer bar in Marin

January 7, 2020

The U.S. is threatening European wineries with new tariffs. But Bay Area businesses would suffer

January 7, 2020

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