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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Hermitage's King of the Hill Prospers

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Aging Gems and Future Benchmarks at Jean-Louis Chave

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Beyond Viognier at Domaine Georges Vernay

At this Condrieu standard-bearer, Christine Vernay's oft-overlooked Syrahs from Côte-Rôtie …

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Old Reliable: Rhône Mainstay E. Guigal's 2017 Vintage

Philippe Guigal's 2017 vintage is consistently excellent down the line

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Ogier's Northern Rhône Run Continues
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Ogier's Northern Rhône Run Continues

In Côte-Rôtie, Stéphane Ogier is potentialy sitting on a fifth straight special vintage …

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Napa Valley Master Class: Aging Gracefully

On Spring Mountain, nonagenarian Philip Togni’s blends stand the test of time

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Napa Valley Master Class: Young Blood, Venerable Vines

The MacDonald brothers fashion stellar wines from a historic To Kalon parcel

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The Farella family planted some of Coombsville's first vines, and they're still at it

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