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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16 Exciting Bordeaux Whites Up to 92 Points

New reviews of Sauvignon Blanc– and Sémillon-based whites from Pessac-Léognan and beyond

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The Great Escape
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The Great Escape

Bordeaux surmounts an erratic growing season in 2018 to deliver an excellent crop of wines

Mar 31, 2021
8 Exciting Bordeaux Values Up to 90 Points
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8 Exciting Bordeaux Values Up to 90 Points

Get a taste of Bordeaux's 2018 vintage with these new reviews of impressive reds at $25 or …

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North and South
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Both regions of France’s Rhône Valley share in the success of the 2018 vintage

Feb 28, 2021
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The Port Runneth Over

The outstanding 2018 harvest adds to the many great bottles now in the market

Feb 28, 2021
9 Enticing Port Values Up to 92 Points
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9 Enticing Port Values Up to 92 Points

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Jan 7, 2021
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