Hello, I'm Yuri Shima, a wine writer and author by night and a lawyer by day.

I am a Japanese based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Born and raised in Yokohama and Tokyo.  Before moving to SF, I lived in Paris for 2012-2014.  

I like eating, drinking and traveling.  My love for wine has taken me to the wine regions around the globe.  Especially, I am deeply in love with Champagne and its producers and frequently travel to Champagne.    

Through my WSET Diploma study, which I successfully completed in early 2018, as the  winner for the IWSC prize, I have become more interested in learning about wines and producers' philosophy.  I am fortunate to have met many winemakers/vignerons and have learnt a lot from them.   I came to think that I would like to share their passion that make their wines special and give something back to them who taught me about wine, through writing.  

My expertise in law is international investment and trade.  I started my career as an investment banker in Tokyo.  I also worked on policy issues for governments at an international organization in Paris.   All my experiences in different fields including working with people with different backgrounds and nationalities help understand and appreciate wines better.   And most importantly, wine and champagne make my life full of pleasures and happiness! 

I write about wine for several media including:

  • Forbes Japan as an official wine columnist: here

  • ​WINE REPORT, a leading wine media for wine professionals & enthusiasts

  • ​Bayspo・Logstar

  • Guild Somm


  • Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 4: Diploma

  • Wine Expert certified by the Japan Sommelier Association

  • Attorney at law admitted by the New York State Bar since 2006 



My Champagne Life

by Yuri Shima

My Champagne Life 

by Yuri Shima
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