Born in Los Angeles (California) James Cameron Suckling (* 1958) is considered one of the world's most influential cigar and wine critic, He studied political science and journalism at the Utah State University. After graduation, he studied journalism at the University of Wisconsin, Through his father's influence began his interest in the world of wine. Already in 1983 Suckling had together with Alexis Lichine (1913-1989) started blind tastings to organize Bordeaux wines. In 1987 he moved to London for eleven years before moving to Italy Tuscany, He started contributing to the journal Wine Spectator In 1985, he became editor-in-chief and head of the European office in Paris. The focus at that time were wines from the Bordeaux (France) and Italy such as port wine (Portugal).
During his time at Wine Spectator, he tasted an average of 4,000 wines a year, around half of which were Italian products. By his own admission, he put in the assessment less emphasis on the odor but especially on the taste that is the concentration of fruit, the tannins, the alcohol and the acid, The most revealing element he calls the leaving (Aftertaste, persistence). When asked, "What makes a good wine?" He replied, "Wine is like music - one wine review should therefore be emotional and not scientific. " From 1992 Suckling became the European publisher of the magazine" Cigar Aficionado ". In July 2010, he surprisingly announced his departure from both magazines.