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.

Stony Hill’s New Path Begins Now
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Stony Hill’s New Path Begins Now

With new ownership and a new winemaker, one of Napa’s historic properties is being dusted …

Sep 16, 2021
7 Outstanding French Wines for $30 or Less
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7 Outstanding French Wines for $30 or Less

Explore France with these new reviews of affordable Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and more …

Sep 16, 2021
8 Alluring Finger Lakes Rieslings for $20 or Less
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8 Alluring Finger Lakes Rieslings for $20 or Less

The New York region's diverse styles are on display in these new reviews of white wines up …

Sep 2, 2021
The Return of Bella Oaks
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The Return of Bella Oaks

With a new owner and winemaker, one of Napa’s first single-vineyard Cabernet bottlings …

Aug 24, 2021
Video Series: Napa Vineyard Ride-Along with Thomas Rivers Brown

Video Series: Napa Vineyard Ride-Along with Thomas Rivers Brown

Thomas Rivers Brown's Napa Cabernet prowess—particularly with Schrader Cellars—has made him …

Aug 16, 2021
8 Delicious Southern Rhône Reds for $25 or Less
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8 Delicious Southern Rhône Reds for $25 or Less

Get an early look at the Southern Rhône Valley's latest offerings with these new reviews of …

Aug 12, 2021
Retrospective: 2000 Vintage Port
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Retrospective: 2000 Vintage Port

Revisiting a vintage that lived up to the millennium's hype

Sep 30, 2021
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
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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