Los Angeles, California-born James Cameron Suckling (* 1958) is considered one of the most influential in the world 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, he became interested in the world of wine. In 1983 Suckling had shared with Alexis Lichine (1913-1989) started blind tastings of Bordeaux wines. In 1987 he moved to London for eleven years and then went to Italy Tuscany, He started contributing to the magazine Wine Spectator and became editor-in-chief and head of the European office in Paris from 1985. At that time, the focus was on 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 annually, around half of which were Italian products. According to his own statement, he placed less emphasis on the odor, but especially on the taste, that is the concentration of the fruit, the tannins, the alcohol and the acid, He describes the as the most revealing element 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 editor of the magazine“ Cigar Aficionado ”. In July 2010, he surprisingly announced his retirement from both magazines.