Presage in a bottle

Sarah Ahmed, a former partner at niche litigation practice Anthony Gold, has found a particularly tasty use for all her hard-won forensic skills.

Ahmed gave up the law to give in to her passion for wine – and now that risky career move has paid off. Ahmed has just won the Rouyer Guillet Cup, the award to the top diploma graduate by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. The gong will sit alongside the other trophies in Ahmed’s bulging cabinet – the Geoffrey Jameson Memorial Award and the Vintners’ Scholarship.

Her collection means she wins a place at the Ecole d’Alsace and on the WSET annual study tour, opening the door to a trip to the world’s best wine-producing regions. But before she sets sail for South Africa, Sarah is planning to revisit some of her old legal haunts in the guise of the Wine Detective, her wine-tasting business. “It means using the same analytical and presentational skill as when I was a lawyer,” Ahmed told Tulkinghorn. “But it’s a lot more fun.”