We are proud to be the only hotel in the world, that can boast an exclusive partnership with James Suckling, one of today’s leading wine critics whose reviews are read and respected by wine lovers, serious wine collectors, and the wine trade worldwide.
James Suckling curates our entire wine list, available at all our bars and restaurants. We are also excited to host events with James present at the property twice a year. Mid-May for the annual Best Rosé for Thailand competition and late November for the Great Wines of Italy Asia series of wine tastings.
James is CEO/Editor of JameSuckling.com, the wine media platform and events company with offices in Hong Kong and Bangkok. It all began in 1981 when Suckling responded to an ad in the Los Angeles Times where the fledgling American magazine Wine Spectator was looking for an assistant editor. He was hired, and four years later, Suckling moved to Paris to establish Wine Spectator’s European bureau, which put him in the center of European wine production and cemented his relationships with a variety of vintners, as well as contributed to his expanding knowledge of wines throughout the continent. He still lives near Florence, Italy, part of the year, as well as in Hong Kong and Napa Valley.
In total, Suckling spent nearly 30 years as Senior Editor and European Bureau Chief of The Wine Spectator, and as European Editor of Cigar Aficionado. On his departure from the magazines, Forbes called the Los Angeles-born writer “one of the world’s most powerful wine critics.”
In late 2010, Suckling launched JamesSuckling.com, a site that evolved from him seeing a need for wine to be communicated in a more modern way. The crux of the site are his tasting notes, and James and his team of critics rate about 20,000 wines a year—all on the 100-point scale.