About Conrad Louw

Conrad Louw

Conrad Louw matriculated in Pretoria and obtained a bachelor’s in commerce at Stellenbosch University. He pursued a career in pharmaceuticals, where he ended up as General Manager for Southern Africa for a big multinational company. During this time, his interest in wine grew, which steered him to start studying at the Cape Wine Academy. He graduated as a Cape Wine Master in 2013.

A member of the
Commanderie de Bordeaux

Today he is still actively involved in the educational side at the CWA, teaching numerous subjects at various levels, including doing tutored tastings in wine and spirits for Diploma and Cape Wine Master students. He has been a wine judge at numerous competitions, including Vitis Vinifera and Michelangelo. Amongst others, he judges still wine, sparkling wine, gin, brandy, whisk(e)y, and other liqueurs. He is also a member of the Commanderie de Bordeaux.

His biggest passion is to share the joy of wine appreciation.

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Mono Date Night

Asking if drinking wine on your own is acceptable, will arguably have a polarizing outcome. The French believe in a daily glass of red wine for health benefits, but we are not all French.However, there are times when one can drink by oneself. I sometimes do that,where I deliberately plan to open a bottle of wine and turn it into an event.  As madcap as it may seem, those are my most enjoyable evenings and most memorable wines I enjoy. Whether it is seared scallops,or a beautiful piece of protein grilled to perfection on the menu, I always switch my phone off listen to my choice of music, be it Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon or Maria Callas. Getting into the perfect mindset is key.  That is when I open a perfect bottle of wine, drunk from my finest wine glasses. I forget about the world around me and live for the moment. Candles and fire. I cook, sip, savour, enjoy.

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Recently I ‘orchestrated’ an evening such as that, and opened a bottle of Taaibosch Crescendo 2018, magically crafted by Maestro Schalk Willem Joubert. A deep, dark intense Cabernet Franc-driven Bordeaux style wine.  It was a perfect Autumn evening, and the setting sun met with the dark night. My rump steak was flavoured with a Jamie Oliver type of rub of orange rind, fennel seeds, garlic, treacle sugar, and olive oil, crushed in a pestle and mortar. The steak was cooked to the rare side of medium-rare. Dated music from the movie Blue Velvet was filling the fast-approaching darkness. Visions of Isabella Rossellini briefly crossed my mind. Amidst the music, there was silence. Just the elements, the wine and the moment surrounding me.  These are the elements that could invigorate one’s mind. It is important to appreciate one’s own space from time to time, irrespective of how seldom it occurs.

Savouring wine can take on many forms. It is said that wine is best when enjoyed with friends Sometimes it is me, myself, I, who are those friends, and we enjoy sacred moments together.

Conrad Louw