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.

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Old School Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir Shines at Foxen

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Wines Outside the Lines at Domaine de la Côte

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You Are What You Make: Greg Brewer's Energetic Pinot Noirs

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Vertical in the Heights: Lokoya's Spring Mountain Cabernets

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Producers’ experience, maturing vineyards and a diversity of terroirs lead to new heights

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