James Suckling Cavaliere della Stella d'Italia
Magnum party with 200 great big bottles to celebrate James Suckling, who has been nominated Cavaliere della Stella D’Italia for having promoted Italian wines the world over
<< I am deeply honoured and touched>> wrote James Suckling after having received the diploma of Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia from the representative of the Italian government in Hong Kong. Recognition much deserved for he who has promoted the knowledge of Italian wines all over the world and especially in Asia for thirty odd years. <<I Hope to be doing it for twenty more years with wines always better>> he said welcoming wine producers from all over Italy come to celebrate him. Among them were Antonio Rallo and Francesca Planeta from Sicily and Anna Abbona (Marchesi di Barolo) and Stefano Gagliardo from Piedmont, but the larger group was certainly from Montalcino, the land that maybe Suckling loves most and the territory that more than any other he has contributed in promoting.
The MAGNUM PARTY took place at the Acquolina restaurant in Terranova Bracciolini, near Suckling’s Tuscan home. It has been the most choral and exclusive party of the Italian wine world, with a selection of wines worth of the host and with the possibility of tasting about 200 larger sized bottles of stellar quality. Tables among the olive trees, Australian DJ who came especially for the event and many very famous personalities from Italian wine.
<<I cannot find the words to say how honoured I am for this award but also how thankful I am for your support during these last years. I believed right from the beginning in the potential of your great territory, but you are the ones that made it so>>. In truth it is us, the wine producers who must thank him for having believed in us so much and never stopping, right from when he was a very young wine critic, who in 1983 came to Italy to look for and write about wines. He has been one of the protagonist of the rebirth of Italian wines after the methanol tragedy in1986, he has sustained a more innovative experimentalist philosophy, open to the world, and has brought the wineries to invest, to the birth of the Supertuscan wines and the affirmation of Italian wines in the top level international restaurants.
For 29 years he was senior editor of Wine Spectator, he lives in Tuscany since 1998 using his home as a base for a never ending activity all over the world. Since 2010 he has a company that organizes high level events for very demanding collectors who trust him as talent scout able to find wine gems from afar.
And it has been wonderful to be invited by James Suckling Cavaliere della Stella d’Italia to his party for top wine producers.
Thank you James forever