Esters, which derives its name from the chemical compounds that contribute to a wine’s bouquet, presents an integrated wine shop, bar, and market experience in Santa Monica, CA, appealing to both shoppers on the go and guests lingering over intriguing wine and food. Co-Owner & Wine Director Kathryn Coker, a veteran of Rustic Canyon, and her husband Tug, join Josh and Zoe (the team behind Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen, Huckleberry Bakery & Café, Milo & Olive, Sweet Rose Creamery, and Cassia). Esters invites guests to browse their 200+ wine collection, while sipping on a glass of Champagne, spending an evening leisurely exploring new vintages to pair with cheese, charcuterie, and composed dishes, or stock up for a dinner party at home. The broad and eclectic wine list at Esters emphasizes small producers and boutique wineries from around the globe. Most of the bottles displayed throughout the store are priced from $40 to $75. At least 15 wines are poured by the glass at any given time, and Kathryn is never shy about opening a new bottle.
The atmosphere at Esters is about fun without any pretension, and the list accommodates connoisseurs and novices, alongside a wide range of budgets with bottle options under $25. With its prominent, spacious bar and communal tables, we think this cozy and stylish vibe encourages fun Girls Get-Togethers, especially for the holidays. Whether you only have an hour or so, it’s a great social atmosphere for exploring new flavor profiles with friends. And you can’t be in trouble for staying a few minutes longer if you bring home a bottle of Pinot for the hubby. Sample menu items include Smoked California Fish with pickled ramps, Cook Pigs Ranch Pork Terrine with grape mustard and Cucumber Panzanella with dill and house cultured yogurt.
Luxe Tip: In addition to the sit down menu, Esters offers a wide selection of grab and go artisanal items and rare, limited edition products. Highlights include loaves of Zoe Nathan’s renowned breads from Milo & Olive, house made sandwiches, gourmet chocolates from Compartés, raw honey from Massey Honey Co., and Solstice Canyon almond butter. For the month of December, Kathryn is offering holiday gift baskets for purchase. No one ever is ever unhappy to receive a bottle of wine and snack pairings to go with!
Images by: Emily Hart Roth
Address: 1314 7th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 899-6900
Facebook: Esters Wine Shop & Bar