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What gives Andy a PermaGrin?

Old, musty, thick and full bodied reds mostly. Andy gets turned on by wines that stand out, wines that have something remarkable about them. He refuses to give a 10/10 – finding the perfect bottle of wine would mean the hunt is over. And he loves the hunt. He unfortunately is starting to like expensive […]

Real Time Wine announces Angel Investment deal…

Official announcement… Really looking forward to showing you all where we’re taking Real Time Wine. Think tablets, smartphones and apps baby! Everything is under wraps and in development with our dev partners, the wickedly talented and devilishly good looking Prezence South Africa… Much love,   Real Time Wine , the cheeky 140-character wine review site that is shaking […]

Carla van der

Carla van der Merwe broke into the Real Time Wine scene through sheer volume of fan reviews. Seriously. She swamped us. And we like anyone who does that. Carla, like Harry, is probably more qualified to be here than anyone. Every now and again we like to put someone on the Wino Team that actually […]

Ricardo Gouveia.

STOP! Hammer time. Ricardo is the man in the suit with the BCOM (as opposed to all the other BA grads in the Real Time Wine family!). Spend just 10 minutes with him and you’ll see he has the trappings of a wine man. He really knows his stuff. Whips out the right words at […]


Merlot is a red wine grape that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. The name Merlot is thought to derive from the Old French word for young blackbird, merlot, a diminutive of merle, the blackbird (Turdus merula), probably from the color of the grape. Merlot-based wines usually have medium body […]

It’s in the Mix

I have always been a single variety wine kind of guy, perhaps because I assumed that all the good stuff went into single variety wines and blends were made from the leftovers. In some instances, this may be true when it comes to mass production of blended wines, but this is not the case at […]

Wine blending really is an art

If you and your buddies are into wine, invite them over and have an evening of blending, not cake mix, but bottles and bottles of the vino and to make it more interesting, make a competition out of it. That’s what we did at a Cellar Rats Tasting a couple weeks ago at Luca’s Pizzeria […]

Rust en Vrede

Guest Real Time Wino, JP Bee, hit the wine farms on a recent trip to Cape Town. The poor soul lives in Australia but stays in touch with his South African roots. He reports: Rust en Vrede. What can I say, it speaks for itself! Very good quality wines. The ones which you can taste […]

Doug Vining

Doug Vining has been tasting wine for thirty years and believes white wine is for thirsty people (which is a dangerous, but potentially entertaining positioning) and red wine for serious drinkers. In real life Doug is a futurist, writer, business strategist and a bit of a geek. He’s also an editor, sort of. “I don’t […]