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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Winemaker Michael Silacci practices patience in the vineyard; Opus One's Bordeaux-style …

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9 Southern Rhône Wines for Late-Summer Sipping

From Châteauneuf whites for special occasions to easygoing Côtes du Rhônes, these new …

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Grace Family's New History

New owners and a star winemaker are bringing fresh energy to the acclaimed Napa winery

Sep 30, 2019
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The very model of a modern Parisian wine bar

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Ridge Through the Ages: A Monte Bello Retrospective
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Ridge Through the Ages: A Monte Bello Retrospective

A vertical tasting of the Monte Bello cuvée back to 1968 yields a bonanza of classic-scorin…

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Three big Right Bank names have released their 2018 futures. Will the price be tempting …

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