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.

A 2017 Napa Cabernet Showcase with Philippe Melka
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A 2017 Napa Cabernet Showcase with Philippe Melka

Few winemaking consultants are as in-demand as Melka, California's most prolific Bordeaux …

Jul 1, 2020
Bordeaux's Fractured Futures Campaign
Opinion

Bordeaux's Fractured Futures Campaign

With the world economy reeling from COVID-19, the region's vintners pressed ahead with …

Aug 31, 2020
Stewarding Sonoma's Historic Monte Rosso Vineyard
Winery Intel

Stewarding Sonoma's Historic Monte Rosso Vineyard

With some vines more than 100 years old, Brenae Royal tackles the complex task of caring …

Jun 23, 2020
Evolving Inglenook: Old Bones, New Caves and a Commitment to Cabernet
Winery Intel

Evolving Inglenook: Old Bones, New Caves and a Commitment to Cabernet

Change is always afoot at this historic Napa estate, and now it's underground as well. A …

Jun 23, 2020
8 Exciting Rhône Wines
Tasting Reports

8 Exciting Rhône Wines

New reviews of red, white and rosé wines from France's Rhône Valley, up to 92 points

Jun 18, 2020
Updated: Pichon Lalande and Smith-Haut-Lafite Release 2019 Futures as Campaign Approaches Conclusion
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Updated: Pichon Lalande and Smith-Haut-Lafite Release 2019 Futures as Campaign Approaches Conclusion

Some elite estates are releasing their 2019 futures at a 30 percent discount over last …

May 29, 2020
Bordeaux’s Fractured Futures Campaign
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Bordeaux’s Fractured Futures Campaign

The 2019 vintage is in barrel, quality TBD. But with the wines remaining untasted, at what …

May 21, 2020
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Table Thoughts: Editors’ Favorite Dining Memories

Wine Spectator staff reflect on restaurants that are more than just a place to eat and …

May 21, 2020
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