James Molesworth

James Molesworth

Senior Editor, New York
Tasting Beats: California Cabernet, Bordeaux, Rhône Valley, Port

About

James Molesworth joined Wine Spectator in 1997 as tasting coordinator and was promoted to senior editor in 2004. He is lead taster for California Cabernet, France’s Bordeaux and Rhône Valley regions, and Port.

A native New Yorker, Molesworth was raised by parents who loved wine and entertained often. He studied anthropology and Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and, after graduating, landed his first job with a Manhattan specialty wine retailer, Burgundy Wine Company. He later became cellarmaster, and then sommelier, at the '21' Club.

Based in Wine Spectator’s New York office, Molesworth travels regularly to Napa, Bordeaux and the Rhône to taste and visit wineries. When he’s not tasting or writing, he’s usually listening to his vinyl collection or hitting the gym.

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The deal, just a year after the French company bought Sonoma's Merry Edwards, gives them a …

Mar 12, 2020
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9 Impressive Finger Lakes Rieslings

Explore Riesling's strengths with these whites from New York's Finger Lakes region

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Unraveling the confusion of shared estate names in Bordeaux

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Winemaker Harvest Duhig's new Napa Cabernets have nearly 20 years of experience at Caymus …

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The historic Napa property's longtime vineyard manager has brought its vines—and wines—back …

Feb 20, 2020
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Doug Shafer shares three vintages of Hillside Select Cabernet going back to 2001

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