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Alice Hama

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Transplant from Tokyo. Love and passion in wine and food. Alice started her career in banking business, but could not drop her life long dream of working in the gastronomy world.


When she completed the program at the acclaimed international wine school Academie du Vin Tokyo, originally headquartered in Paris, then the Wine Education and Management program at UCLA, she came to the conclusion that she would adventure into the world of wine.


Alice spent few years in winery PR and events company where she met wine makers and professionals from around the world, and learned the wine business in depth. Then she took a position as the lead sommelier at the prominent restaurant in Beverly Hills, overseeing the extensive wine program with 700 selections and 3,000 bottles on stock. She enjoyed three years working there, further expanding the experience in wine service, and achieved the Best of Award of Excellence with Wine Spectator.


She is currently working as a freelance wine consultant, educator, and writer. She holds a number of wine and food related certifications/titles including Court of Master Sommelier and WSET.


Her ambitious wine journey continues...

Sommelier, Writer, Tastemaker






Keio University

Bachelor degree in Law.
Area of study: International Criminal Law


UCLA Extension

Certificate program in

Wine Education and Management

WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust)

Court of Master Sommelier


Academie du Vin Wine School


Veraison Harvest Wine School


The Wine Academy of Spain

Le Cordon Bleu Collage Of Culinary Arts

Holistic School of Neal's Yard Remedies


Sake Service Institute

Certificate in Wine Education and Management

CMS Certified Sommelier

WSET Advanced Level 3 (currently in Diploma Level 4)

JSA Certified Wine Expert

WAS Certified Wine Educator

SWE Wine Specialist

SSI Certified Sake Sommelier

SSI Certified Sake Examiner

Food Education Expert

California Food Manager Certificate

Fox TV "MasterChef"

Los Angeles Magazine

Wine Spectator

Sommelier Magazine


Restaurant News Magazine

Elneos Magazine

NTB Morning News

UTB Evening News

Japanese Daily Sun Newspaper

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