sarahahmedBest part of doing this job is the people you meet. Winemakers, wine writers, fellow bloggers, and so many others, Gabriella and I feel blessed to have a chance to discuss wine, life and anything else that comes to mind with such a diverse group of people.This past week we had the true pleasure of hanging out with a new friend, Sarah Ahmed (aka ”- The Wine Detective). She has recently been chosen as the Portuguese Wine Awards, Wine Writer of the Year 2009. What this means is that next year, she will be selecting the top 50 Portuguese wines as she sees them for a special tasting to be held in London. Last year’s winner was Jamie Goode, who’s top 50 Portuguese wines sounded quite nice.

She write’s regularly for: The World of Fine Wine, Harpers (the Wine and Spirit Weekly), Decanter, Imbibe and Wine & Spirit and have contributed to the wine publications The World Atlas of Wine, Hugh Johnson‘s Pocket Wine Book, Oz Clarke’s Pocket Wine Book and Hugh Johnson’s & Neil Beckett’s “1001 Wines you must drink before you die.” But beyond that she’s incredbily sharp, and fun to talk to. The most exciting part is that we think we have her somewhat, almost, pretty darn close on the idea of jumping on twitter and starting a blog. If she does wine lovers will be better informed because of it.

Below is a short interview I did with her at the end of Essencia do Vinho, purple stained teeth and all!

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Sarah Ahmed, The Wine Detective on Portuguese Wine from ryan opaz on Vimeo.

Catavino sits down with Sarah Ahmed to learn her thoughts on Portuguese wines.

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