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.

Video Series: In the Vineyard at MacDonald

Video Series: In the Vineyard at MacDonald

The historic MacDonald Vineyards property has long been a favored Cabernet source for …

Jul 16, 2021
At Dominus Estate, a Green Oasis in Drought-Wracked Napa Valley
Winery Intel

At Dominus Estate, a Green Oasis in Drought-Wracked Napa Valley

Winemaker Tod Mostero and owner Christian Moueix are achieving elite wines in the face of …

Jun 29, 2021
Polar Blasts Hit French Vintners
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Polar Blasts Hit French Vintners

Plus, a second life for grape skins and a Napa rebirth

Jul 31, 2021
8 Côtes du Rhône Values Up to 90 Points
Tasting Reports

8 Côtes du Rhône Values Up to 90 Points

New reviews of fresh and enticing reds from France's Southern Rhône Valley, all priced …

Jun 24, 2021
A Note on En Primeur
Opinion

A Note on En Primeur

Our commitment to getting Bordeaux tastings right during pandemic troubles

Jul 31, 2021
8 Captivating Rhône Rosés Under $20
Tasting Reports

8 Captivating Rhône Rosés Under $20

New reviews of fresh and affordable pink wines from France's Côtes du Rhône and beyond

Jun 3, 2021
Return to Long Island
Winery Intel

Return to Long Island

Checking in on New York’s North Fork wine region

May 28, 2021
Rare Gems at Abreu Vineyards
Winery Intel

Rare Gems at Abreu Vineyards

Winemaker Brad Grimes is crafting some of the finest Cabernets in Napa Valley from Abreu's …

May 26, 2021
Hall Goes Big with Small-Batch Cabernets
Winery Intel

Hall Goes Big with Small-Batch Cabernets

With nearly 300 acres of vineyards at its disposal and large-scale bottlings complementing …

May 24, 2021