James Molesworth

James Molesworth

Senior Editor and Special Projects Director, New York
Tasting Beats: California Cabernet and Pinot Noir, 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 and Pinot Noir, 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.

Chimney Rock's Energetic Stags Leap Cabernets
Winery Intel

Chimney Rock's Energetic Stags Leap Cabernets

Under the stewardship of winemaker-GM Elizabeth Vianna, this Napa mainstay is reaching new …

Feb 1, 2023
Vintage Port 2020
Tasting Reports

Vintage Port 2020

The dark, lush 2020 Ports are in short supply but worth tracking down

Jan 31, 2023
Journalist's Hat, Rhône Lover's Heart
Opinion

Journalist's Hat, Rhône Lover's Heart

Having completed his last official trip to the region, senior editor James Molesworth …

Feb 28, 2023
Subtle, Sanguine Cabernets at Napa's Arrow & Branch and Zeitgeist
Winery Intel

Subtle, Sanguine Cabernets at Napa's Arrow & Branch and Zeitgeist

Winemaker Jennifer Williams shows off 11 structured Cabernets from prestigious plots in …

Jan 20, 2023
Napa Valley’s Favia Makes a Play for the Future
Winery Intel

Napa Valley’s Favia Makes a Play for the Future

Favia's Andy Erickson and Annie Favia are partnering with the Huneeus family to set up shop …

Jan 10, 2023
Outside the Lines: Domaine de la Côte
News in Print

Outside the Lines: Domaine de la Côte

Pushing boundaries in the Sta. Rita Hills

Dec 15, 2022
A New Era for Hanzell
People

A New Era for Hanzell

Director of winemaking Jason Jardine innovates at this historic Sonoma estate

Dec 15, 2022
The Fine Art of Shopping Carte

The Fine Art of Shopping Carte

Vintage French maps from Louis Larmat are a beautiful way to learn wine regions

Dec 15, 2022
In the Heights: Lokoya Spring Mountain

In the Heights: Lokoya Spring Mountain

Winemaker Chris Carpenter shares a vertical of the winery’s Spring Mountain Cabernet …

Nov 30, 2022