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Wine Spectator: Veteran Wine Journalist Greg Walter Dies at 58

September 2, 2016

Greg Walter was working as a clerk in a San Diego wine shop in 1980 when the owner saw a help-wanted ad for a fledgling newspaper called The Wine Spectator and suggested Walter apply. He did, launching a career that spanned 14 years at the publication, where he rose to the position of president, and another 22 years in wine and publishing, including his own newsletter, The Pinot Report. Walter died at his home last night in Yountville after a long battle with cancer. He was 58.

“Greg was one of the very first employees of Wine Spectator back when it was launched in San Diego,” recalled Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator. “For many, many years he was a key contributor, rising to president of the magazine. Greg was a dear friend, a very popular person and one of the leaders of our team, a solid rock and a pioneer in wine journalism. He helped the magazine grow into what it is today.” Wine Spectator has more on Walter’s life and career.

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