Brief Bio:

Liane was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.

She graduated from the Kamehameha Schools before flying off to college in New York City to attend NYU and Brooklyn College While there, she worked as an American Sign Language Interpreter, a grant writer, and a college administrator running tutoring programs at Brooklyn College. 


Liane felt the tug to come home and moved back in 1996. She was a Manager at Bank of Hawaii and then left the bank to open The Wine Stop in 2003.  Both a “foodie” and an oenophile, she started seriously studying wine and in 2006 passed the Sommelier exam in February then the Certified Sommelier exam in June of the same year.  She is the Senior Staff Writer for the Hawaii Beverage Guide, the only trade publication in the state. 


In 2017, Liane also works for the Hakkasan Group as a Sommelier at Yauatcha. Yauatcha is a Michelin lineage restaurant contemporary dim sum teahouse in Waikiki. In the same year, she was also a stringer (writer) for Wine & Spirits magazine.