marvin r. shanken
Editor and Publisher
I grew up in New Haven, Conn., where my parents owned a jewelry store. I graduated with a business degree from the University of Miami, then earned a master's of business administration at American University in Washington, D.C. I began my career on Wall Street, specializing in real estate and investment banking, but was bitten by the wine bug in the early 1970s.
I started my publishing career in 1973, when I paid $5,000 for a small wine and spirits industry newsletter called Impact. Now the company's roster of magazines includes Wine Spectator and Cigar Aficionado (both of which have companion Web sites), along with the trade publications Market Watch and Food Arts, among others.
I enjoy the light opera of Gilbert & Sullivan, the musicals of Andrew Lloyd Webber and the novels of Jeffrey Archer. I'm also a lifelong fan of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, who performed at the California Wine Experience in 1992 and 2002. My new-found happiness is on any great golf course.