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James Suckling Retires

Submitted by Jay Z on July 15, 2010 – 5:00 am2 Comments

James Suckling has retired?

The cigar and wine industry has exploded with rumors and theories as reports that James Suckling has “retired” from both Wine Spectator and Cigar Aficionado magazine. News of these events shocked the public from what appears to be an impromptu press release from both organizations.

Wine Spectator Statements
Cigar Aficionado Statements

James Suckling was a key contributor to the success of Cigar Aficionado,” said editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken. “He will be missed, but we are fortunate to have a capable and knowledgeable staff regarding all aspects of the world of Cuban cigars.

To further indicate that the departure of Suckling was not planned all assignments from both publications will simply be reassigned to already contributing editors.

We are very fortunate to have significant depth in our editorial team. In fact, moving these tastings to New York, where we have a larger staff and better logistical control, will allow us to strengthen our coverage of these important wine regions.

Cigar Aficionado simply stated “His assignments will be shared by the magazine’s senior staff…“.

No official word has been released by the man who has put in decades of hard work for Shanken and his publications. However he did indicate that his retirement is just a stepping stone into other projects via Twitter: “The reports of my retirement have been greatly exaggerated. Stay tuned for exciting things to come.

While the departure may have been unplanned we must wish Mr. Suckling the best of luck on all of his future endeavors.  We expect a man of his reputation, status, following, knowledge and passion to reemerge on top of the world with his  next projects.

The details of the situation may never be fully revealed but we have to ask, and this is directly to you Mr. James Suckling – Did Marv at least give you the gold departure watch that you so deserved after years of dedication?

Pictures for this article were obtained from the public Twitter profile of James Suckling (http://twitter.com/jamessuckling).

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