The Decanter Power List 2013
30 Marvin Shanken (21)
President and founder, M Shanken Communications, 69
It ’s impossible to be an American wine lover and not know Wine Spectator. Boasting a readership of 2.8 million (from 300,000 copies sold), Spectator is the flagship brand of Marvin Shanken’s empire, a publishing and research conglomerate of great reach. But there are cracks on the polished surface of the 37-year-old publication. Its stable of senior commentators has hardly been refreshed for 30 years; and since the departure of Italian correspondent James Suckling, who was based in Tuscany, the centre of operations has shifted to New York, where all tastings take place.