Life and career
Shanken started his career in real estate and investment banking, then moved into publishing in 1973, purchasing Impact, a small wine and spirits industry newsletter. His company has expanded to other trade publications including Market Watch and Food Arts. He purchased Wine Spectator a few years after its 1976 founding. and he launched Cigar Aficionado in September 1992.
- Prial, Frank J. (February 16, 1986). Wine Spectator: Marvin R. Shanken; The man who knows what everyone's drinking. New York Times
- Lewis, Neil A. (September 8, 1993). Lighting up a few with: Marvin Shanken; To Some Minds, A Cigar Is Never Just a Cigar. New York Times
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