Marvin Shanken

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Marvin R. Shanken (born October 4, 1943) is an American publisher and founder of M. Shanken Communications. Shanken's roster of lifestyle publications includes Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado and Whisky Advocate. Based in Manhattan, M. Shanken Communications' headquarters store thousands of bottles of wine for tasting and review.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Shanken grew up in New Haven, Connecticut. He earned an undergraduate business degree from the University of Miami, then earned an MBA at American University.

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, Shanken News Daily, Wine Spectator Insider, Cigar Insider and Cigar Watch. He purchased Wine Spectator a few years after its 1976 founding[2] and he launched Cigar Aficionado in September 1992.[3] He also spearheaded Wine Spectator’s entry to the digital world, with mobile apps including Wine Spectator WineRatings+, Xvalues and Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards.[4]. Shanken is the founder of annual charity events including Wine Spectator’s New York Wine Experience, Cigar Aficionado’s Night to Remember and the Els for Autism Pro-Am golf tournament, which have raised more than $50 million.


  1. ^ Gardner Jr., Ralph. "Marvin Shanken, His Cave and Lots of Stories". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Prial, Frank J. (February 16, 1986). Wine Spectator: Marvin R. Shanken; The man who knows what everyone's drinking. New York Times
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Freedman, Brian. "How Wine Spectator Thrives, And Continues To Grow, 40 Years After Its First Issue". Forbes. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 

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