EVENTS WITH JAMESSUCKLING.COM
JamesSuckling.com organizes some of the best focused wine events in the United States, Europe and Asia with partners such as Asia Tatler (one of the largest luxury magazines in Asia with nine editions and more than two million readers) and Zachys (a leading fine wine merchant in the U.S.). Over the last three years, the company organized about a dozen consumer events with over 10,000 attendees.
The events offer a unique combination of wine, food and music and can be held in an array of venues, from noble palaces of Florence, Italy, to hipster music clubs in New York City. The focus is on great wines, so all the events are curated by James Suckling himself, and all the wines served during events must be rated 90 points or more. But enjoying wine is more than just points or tasting – it’s the whole experience, and that's what JamesSuckling.com is all about. For inquiries, please email us.
The James Suckling Wine Experience at Soneva Kiri - May 30, 2014 to June 1, 2014 - Koh Kood, Thailand
James Suckling joined forces with one of the world's leading "barefoot" luxury resorts to create an unprecedented and essential escape for the serious wine connoisseur: The James Suckling Wine Experience at Soneva Kiri.
From May 30th to June 1st, 2014, wine lovers from Asia and beyond convened at Soneva Kiri, the stunningly beautiful and truly sustainable resort on pristine Koh Kood in Thailand, for a long weekend of sipping, savouring and learning at the table with one of the world's most revered wine authorities.
Soneva Kiri arranged a two-night package that included a wine appreciation seminar and a picnic lunch on a deserted beach in a national marine park, as well as private plane travel to and from the resort from Bangkok, two wine dinners and one souvenir Lalique 100 Points glass.
On arrival at the resort on Friday, May 30th, guests sat down to the Italian Wine Collectors dinner at The View restaurant, which offered dramatic vistas from its cliff-top perch and a world-class menu prepared by Soneva Executive Chef Kevin Fawkes and Chef de Cuisine Mark Jones.
Dinner was followed by an al fresco Cinema Paradiso screening of the documentary "Cannubi: A Vineyard Kissed by God," a thrilling documentary which follows James' pilgrimage to Cannubi, a 250-year-old vineyard in the heart of the Barolo region of Piedmont, northwest Italy.
After breakfast the next morning, guests attended the 100 Point Lalique Wine Seminar: How to Taste Like a Wine Critic. "Beautiful yet functional" is how James describes his new wine glass, a joint creation with France's most esteemed crystal maker, Lalique.
A speedboat ferried guests to lunch - a picnic affair on a deserted beach at the national marine park on nearby Koh Rang island, a truly special happening that featured some of the world's best rosé wines and dishes prepared by Soneva's Khun Benz, one of the country's most celebrated Thai chefs.
En route to lunch, guests paused for reflection on beauty and a refreshing peek beneath the Big Blue at one of Thailand's most revered snorkelling spots.
Dinner was served under the stars at Soneva's observatory, which featured a 14-inch Celestron telescope, one of the finest ocular offerings in Asia. Guests were then flown back to Bangkok after breakfast the following morning, having wined, dined and reclined with the gods.
Bordeaux Confidential - May 23 & 24, 2014 - Hong Kong
JamesSuckling.com and Hong Kong Tatler proudly presented the latest addition to the popular Great Wines event series, Bordeaux Confidential, on Thursday May 22 and Friday May 23, 2014 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Hong Kong.
As one of Asia’s premium wine events, Bordeaux Confidential showcased 28 of the region’s most distinguished wineries, from household names to rising boutique stars. In attendance were their owners and winemakers, offering the 750+ select guests that attended the opportunity to discover the wide variety of grapes and regional expressions that Bordeaux has to offer. More than 1,000 bottles were poured over the two days, each scoring 90 points and above from acclaimed wine critic James Suckling and handpicked especially for the occasion.
The event opened with an invitation-only Wine Collectors’ Dinner on the May 22, which attracted some of Hong Kong’s most prominent wine collectors, vintners and socialites. Guests enjoyed an eight-course feast prepared by the executive Chinese chef of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, which was accompanied by an outstanding selection of premium Bordeaux wines.
Guests were also treated to an exclusive solo performance by award-winning violinist and producer Rob Moose who flew in from the US especially for the night. An impromptu, improvised performance following the sampling of a glass of 1982 Château Mouton Rothschild, marking the birth year of the artist, closed the evening on a spectacular note.
On Friday, the Bordeaux Confidential Wine Tasting Experience began with an invitation-only Private Preview tasting for leading members of the city’s wine trade and hospitality sectors and top auction houses, as well as avid wine collectors and wine-loving VIPs from Hong Kong Tatler. In the evening, wine-lovers and enthusiast from Hong Kong had the chance to sample the outstanding selection of premium wines during a general tasting session. The event was sold out days in advance.
Italy’s Noble B’s: Brunello, Barbaresco & Barolo - May 6, 2014 - New York, NY
All of the Great Noble Wines of Italy with a B!
Brunello di Montalcino IS the greatest wine of Tuscany while Barolo and Barbaresco are respecively the King and Queen of Piedmont. Wine lovers and collectors around the world seek out these great reds like masterpieces. To know these wines is to know Italy and what makes it a unique wine producing country. That's why James Suckling & Zachys proudly presented Italy’s Noble B’s: Brunello, Barolo and Barbaresco wine event.
This was a unique opportunity to meet the producers and taste the wines from Brunello di Montalcino, Barolo and Barbaresco. The event consisted of a walk around tasting of more than 100 wines from 40+ of the top producers. Wine producers and their representatives all flew from Italy to meet participants and serve wines. In addition to the superb selection of wines, this impressive tasting also included an elaborate cheese selection, a refreshing Spumante bar, and live music from award-winning recording artists. Music was curated by Rob Moose of Bon Iver.
Many of the greatest names were there – Roberto Voerzio, Bruno Giacosa, Pio Cesare, Valdicava, Casanova di Neri, Fuligni, La Rasina, Castelgicondo, San Polino and many others. Each winery presented a minimum of two wines: a recent release and an older vintage. Internationally acclaimed wine critic, James Suckling, personally selected and awarded every wine at the event 90 points or more.
This event marked the third installment in a series of successful events hosted by internationally acclaimed wine critic James Suckling and New York's finest wine merchant Zachys this year.
Great Wines of Bordeaux - March 11, 2014 - New York, NY
James Suckling & Zachys proudly presented Great Wines of Bordeaux. This was a rare opportunity to meet the producers and taste the wines from France's premier wine region. The event consisted of a walk around tasting of more than 100 wines from 50 top producers. Wine producers and their representatives flew from France to meet participants and serve wines. In addition to the superb selection of wines, this impressive tasting also included an elaborate cheese selection and music from award-winning recording artists: Rob Moose of Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, and yMusic.
Many of the greatest names were there: Latour, Haut-Brion, Vieux Chateau Certan, Mouton Rotschild, Montrose, and many more. Each winery presented a minimum two wines, a recent release and an older vintage. Some of the best modern vintages of the decade were served including 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010 as well as very drinkable years such as 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Internationally acclaimed wine critic, James Suckling personally selected and awarded every wine at the event 90 points or more. All of the wines are available for purchase on-line and through a smartphone application.
The Times Weekly described the event as "one of the most dramatic and notable wine events of the season." Click here to view The Times Weekly's full report on Great Wines of Bordeaux.
Super Tuscany IGT & Bolgheri - February 11, 2014 - New York, NY
James Suckling and Zachys proudly presented Super Tuscany, IGT & Bolgheri. This was the opportunity of the year to taste some of the greatest wines from Italy's most revered wine region. The evening consisted of a three-hour walk around tasting, which featured more than 50 wineries and 150 wines - all peronsally rated 90 points or more by James Suckling. Wines included such presitigious names as Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Redigaffi, Solaia, Tignanello, Testamatta and dozens of others. Each winery presented three different wines - two current releases and one older vintage. Wine producers and representates flew to New York from Italy to meet participants and serve the wines. Besides the superb selection of wines, the impressive tasting included an elaborate Italian cheese selection as well as music from award winnning recording artists. All the wines tasted were available for purchase on-line and through a smartphone application.
Great Wines of Italy - December 2 & 3, 2013 - Shanghai
Last December, the Great Wines series made its debut in Shanghai with Great Wines of Italy in the Jing An Shangri-La Hotel. Both Shangliu Tatler (尚流TATLER), the popular Chinese luxury lifestyle magazine and Shanghai sister publication to Hong Kong Tatler, and James Suckling brought a new level of sophistication and exclusivity to wine events in mainland China – the world's fastest growing market. Owners and winemakers from many of the sixty-odd estates selected for Great Wines of Italy in Hong Kong personally served their finest new releases. The participating wineries included: Ornellaia, Castello Banfi, Bruno Giacosa, Casanova di Neri, Marchesi Antinori, Pio Cesare, Roberto Voerzio, Valdicava, Tenuta San Guido (Sassicaia), Altesino, Elvio Cogno, Masciarelli, Pieropan, Principe Corsini and Zenato. Click here for the full report on GWoI Shanghai 2013.
Great Wines of Italy - November 28 & 29, 2013 - Hong Kong
On November 28 and 29, the second Great Wines of Italy event in Hong Kong set out the future of fine Italian wines for both places. Over the course of two days, about 1,500 of the most important local importers, distributors, restauranteurs, but above all wine consumers vied to get into Hong Kong's most exclusive Italian wine event. Co-presented by Hong Kong Tatler, the leading Asian luxury lifestyle magazine, and JamesSuckling.com, Hong Kong's most popular online wine publication, the event matched an evolving demand for high-end wines in Asia with James' selection of 59 of some of the greatest current names in Italian wine, including Ornellaia, Castello Banfi, Bruno Giacosa, Casanova di Neri, Marchesi Antinori, Marchesi de' Frescobaldi, Pio Cesare, Roberto Voerzio, Tenuta Luce delle Vite and Valdicava. Click here for the full report on GWoI Hong Kong 2013.
Great Wines of Bordeaux - May 28 & 29, 2013 - Hong Kong
JamesSuckling.com again joined forces with Hong Kong Tatler – the leading luxury magazine in Asia – to create Great Wines of Bordeaux in Hong Kong at the Four Seasons Hotel. The dinner and tasting featured outstanding drinkable vintages of some of the best from Bordeaux as well as the chance to speak to winemakers and chateau owners from the region. Over 1,200 people attended the sold out event to discover Bordeaux's finest ready-to-drink vintages, with a luxury tasting of more than 130 outstanding wines! Click here for the full report on GWoB Hong Kong 2013.
Great Wines of Italy: New York City - May 8 & 9, 2013 - New York, NY
JamesSuckling.com and Zachys hosted one of the greatest Italian wine events ever, featuring a selection of wines from 107 of Italy's best wineries. Internationally acclaimed wine critic James Suckling personally selected all the wineries, and every wine poured -- close to 400 different labels -- received no less than 90 points (outstanding quality) on JamesSuckling.com. The impressive walk-around tasting on May 8 with up to three different wines per winery included a fabulous cheese bar. The collector's magnum dinner on May 9 was a relaxed, high-end family style dinner with three courses featuring specially selected magnums from the cellars of each winery. The dinner also included a charity auction for Robin Hood -- one of the top in the city working to stamp out poverty (over $37,000 was raised!). British recording artist Isabel Suckling (the 15-year-old daughter of James) performed. The dinner additionally spotlighted the Lalique & James Suckling 100 Points universal tasting glass. Click here for the full report on GWoI New York 2013.
Great Wines of Italy - December 4 & 5, 2012 - Hong Kong
JamesSuckling.com joined forces with Hong Kong Tatler – the leading luxury magazine in Asia – to create the Great Wines of Italy event on December 4 and 5 in Hong Kong at the Island Shangri-la Hotel. The two-day event was the largest showing of premium Italian wines in Asia. Each winery attending was selected for its history of producing outstanding wines. In fact, all the wines poured during the event have outstanding reviews – 90 points or more. More than 1,200 people attended and the event was sold out two weeks in advance. Click here for the full report on GWoI Hong Kong 2012.
Divino Tuscany - May 17 to May 20, 2012 - Florence, Italy
Divino Tuscany 2012 took place in Florence from May 17 to 20. This event was a celebration of the best wines of Tuscany, bringing together 50 wineries from the region. The wine producers actively participated, giving those attending the chance to learn about what makes each of their wines so special. Divino Tuscany brings together consumers and producers in this exceptional festival to share wine, food and culture. Throughout the event, there were numerous performances and dinners held in some of the best restaurants in Florence, as well as private residences and palaces. Watch the video to catch bits and pieces of the festival. It was an amazing four days of superb wines, delicious food, fabulous music, and unforgettable venues. Click here for highlights from Divino Tuscany 2012.
Bellissimo Brunello - May 10, 11 & 12, 2012 - New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA & San Francisco, CA
Bellissimo Brunello 2012 took place May 10, 11 and 12 in three American cities: New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The event gathered over 30 of Brunello di Montalcino's best producers. Bellissimo Brunello centered around Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Riserva and 2007 Brunello di Montalcino, two great vintages, back to back, for the very first time. I travelled throughout the United States on planes, trains and automobiles to make it to each event. Between the wine, the traveling and the exhaustion, it seemed more like a rock 'n' roll tour across the country. I had a great time. I put together this video to give you a glimpse of what happened during those three days in the three different cities. Click here to read my blog on Bellissimo Brunello 2012.
Eccellenze Montalcino Brunello Tasting - March 9, 2012 - Hong Kong
Hong Kong Tatler & James Suckling Wine Club hosted wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts at Island Tang for an all-day wine tasting event to sample the best wines of Brunello di Montalcino from Eccellenze Montalcino. The wines served at the event were 2006 and 2007 Brunellos from Valdicava, Casanova di Neri, Siro Pacenti, and San Filippo, including the 100-point 2006 Vadicava Madonna del Piano and 99-point 2006 Casanova di Neri Cerretalto.
Eccellenze Montalcino Brunello Tasting - October 28 & 29, 2011 - Beijing, China
I hosted a Brunello di Montaclino tasting and dinner in Beijing for four well-known wineries united under the group of Eccellenze Montalcino. It included San Filippo, Siro Pacenti, Valdicava, and Casanova di Neri. It was the first time an Italian wine event of it’s kind took place in China’s capital. I took the 250 participants through eight wines: four from the great 2006 vintage and four from the excellent 2004. Click here to read my blog on the 2011 Eccellenze Montalcino Brunello Tasting in Beijing.
Divino Tuscany - June 2, 2011 to June 5, 2011 - Florence, Italy
A celebration of Tuscan winemaking, this was Divino Tuscany's first year. Over the course of four incredible days, attendees experienced grand tastings, seminars, special dinners and entertainment. Click here for pictures and videos from Divino Tuscany.
Bellissimo Brunello - May 18, 2011 - New York, N.Y.
Photo courtesy of Luisa Ortiz Pérez and Ulysses de la Torre.
Showcasing the magnificent 2006 vintage, I hosted this event in New York at City Winery. There were 30+ of Montalcino’s best producers who brought their wines for the tasting. Click here to read my blog on Bellissimo Brunello 2011.
Cigar Experience - May 21, 2011 - Hong Kong, China
Presented by Hong Kong Tatler, the magazine where I serve as Wine Editor, this event was held at MGM Macau’s Aux Beaux Arts restaurant. The night started out with a cocktail receiption and cigar rolling performance, followed by a lingerie show and a wine and whiskey-pairing dinner.
Union des Grands Grus Bordeaux Tasting - January 22, 2011 - Santa Monica, Calif.
Held at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, Calif., this event featured a small seated tasting that I led, followed by a large walk-around tasting. Several Chateaux were in attendance as well as we tasted the 2008 vintage. Click here to read my blog on Union des Grands Grus Bordeaux 2011.