Speaking from Los Angeles, the highly-respected critic told decanter.com he left the magazine which he helped found to 'pursue other projects'.
'You get to a point where you say “Now what?” I worked at Spectator for 30 years and it's been great. Now I've got some cool projects for the future.'
From the Decanter article it appears that Wine Spectator is a little bitter:
He would also not be drawn on the extraordinarily ungracious nature of his send-off from Wine Spectator, by which his former boss Marvin Shanken said he would be missed, but not that much: indeed, things would actually improve.
I have enjoyed James' writings over the years, especially his En Primeurs coverage. I look forward to seeing what he has planned for the future.