James Molesworth

James Molesworth

Senior Editor, New York
Tasting Beats: California, Bordeaux, Rhône Valley, Loire 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, Rhône Valley and Loire 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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Seeing Double

Vintage Port lovers have a lot to choose from thanks to back-to-back years worthy of …

Feb 29, 2020
Forging Ahead
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Forging Ahead

The Southern Rhône overcomes a challenging spring in 2017 to produce outstanding wines, …

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La Gaffelière Regains Its Rightful Place

After nearly 20 years of replanting and a renewed focus on Merlot and Cabernet Franc, La …

Jan 15, 2020
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Winery Intel

100 Years of Margaux's Château Siran

A case for Merlot on the Left Bank, and long-lived Bordeaux, with a vertical tasting back …

Jan 13, 2020
Stag’s Leap Bucks the Trends
Winery Intel

Stag’s Leap Bucks the Trends

Winemaker Marcus Notaro offers a taste of recent vintages of the Fay, S.L.V. and Cask 23 …

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Oakville from the Ground Up at Rudd Estate

Winemaker Frederick Ammons and owner Samantha Rudd are committed to long-lived, terroir …

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Château Léoville Barton's 2016 hits the Bordeaux trifecta of character, elegance and …

Dec 31, 2019
New Winemaker, Old-School House Style at Nickel & Nickel
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Mondavi alum Joe Harden shows off his first vintage of Napa Cabernets here, still in …

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