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Dan’s wine philosophy is simple: a good bottle is one that you like, and a bad bottle is one you don’t. Join him as he explores the Pick n Pay wine aisle to find and discuss gems across a spectrum of taste and price.


Discover why Dan loves Laborie Merlot and what you can cook up to pair it with.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Buitenverwachting Buiten Blanc

Buitenverwachting Buiten Blanc is an iconic South African white blend that’s loved the world over. Dan makes a case for it being a staple year-round.


Durbanville is usually known for its crisp Sauvignon Blancs, but De Grendel Rosé is here to prove the terroir isn’t a one-trick pony.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Fleur du Cap 2l Sauvignon Blanc

You don’t need to choose between quality or quantity anymore – and the Fleur du Cap Sauvignon Blanc in a new 2l box format proves it!

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Doring Bay Pinot Noir Rose 2020

Doring Bay wines are not only unique in flavour, but in setting as well. Made in Fryer’s Cove at an old crayfish factory turned winery that overlooks the waters, means that this Pinot was destined to pair well with grilled fish and seafood!

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Beyerskloof Pinotage 2020

Fruity, medium bodied and incredibly smooth, the Beyerskloof Pinotage 2020 is a wine worthy of space in your wine collection. This red wine pairs well with rich and flavourful stews, pork or lamb chop.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Diemersdal Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Grab a bottle of Diemersdal Sauvignon Blanc 2021 for a taste of love cultivated in the Durbanville region of Cape Town, or try their Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020 for a taste of their wine made in New Zealand. These Diemersdal wines are packed with flavour and pair well with goat’s cheese or enjoyed on its own on a warm spring day!

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Le Lude Brut Cap Classique

There are only a few wine estates in the country that focus solely on producing the best Cap Classique wines around and Le Lude winery in Franschhoek, has done so very successfully. Their Brut Cap Classique is flavourful and perfect for any celebration.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: L'Ormarins Brut Classique Rosé

Bubbles turn any occasion into a grand celebration! Be it Valentine’s Day, a birthday, a wedding or just a midweek date night – bubbles make life better! And that’s exactly what L'Ormarins Brut Classique Rosé, can do for you.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Boschendal Rosé Garden

South Africa has paved its own way with delightful rosés. If you’re looking for a drier, crisp and delicious wine that is inexpensive but full of flavour, then look no further than the Boschendal Rosé Garden. Enjoy it with a light summer salad, there’s nothing better!

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Boschendal Lanoy Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Established over 300 years ago, Boschendal wines is the epitome of winemaking at its finest, and the Boschendal Lanoy Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot is no exception. Named after the winery’s founder, this bottle of red pairs well with pork or beef.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Paul Cluver Estate Pinot Noir

You might not automatically find yourself reaching for red wine in summer, but Dan is here to make the case for Pinot Noir. A good Pinot Noir will give you plenty of flavour without the heaviness of other grapes, like the Paul Cluver Estate Pinot Noir.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Buitenverwachting Buiten Blanc

It’s summer, and it’s the festive season – that means an ice cold glass of South African favourite, Buitenverwachting Buiten Blanc. Get it delivered straight to your door using the Pick n Pay asap! app, and Dan promises he won’t sing any more.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Pierre Jourdan Cap Classique

Celebrate the festive season with one of the country’s most-loved Cap Classique – Pierre Jourdan. Try the Brut with your Christmas turkey, or pair the Belle Rose with gammon as we all raise a toast to the holidays.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Bellingham Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Are you a fan of the light wine trend sweeping the globe right now? And if you’re a fan of Bellingham’s full-bodied wines but you’re looking for a low calorie, low sugar and low alcohol option – then Bellingham Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Light is perfect for you! At only 8% alcohol, it’s a great alternative for easy summer sipping and it’s available at Pick n Pay.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Bellingham Pinotage 2019

While the bottle and label may have changed, years back – the impeccable quality and flavour of Bellingham’s Pinotage red wine – remains constant. The 2019 Pinotage packs a punch with big and bold fruity flavours with notes of berries, making it the ideal pairing with bold and festive dishes like roasted lamb or oxtail. All this and more available at Pick n Pay.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Klein Constantia Metis Sauvignon Blanc

Stand a chance to win R5000’s worth of Paul Cluver wines when you buy any bottle of Paul Cluver wine and swipe your Smart Shopper card for automatic entry into this amazing competition. At Pick n Pay we’ve got a variety of Paul Cluver wines for you to choose from. So, shop now and you could get a surprise under your Christmas tree very soon!

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Boschendal Brut Cap Classique

From fruity notes with a vibrant citrus tang to that rich and creamy finish, Boschendal Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut Cap Classique is a delicious bubbly full of complex flavours. Perfect for more than just a celebratory night, it also pairs great with food too. Enjoy it with a crispy panko crusted prawn dish and it will taste like heaven!

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Nederburg and Durbanville Hills - competition

It’s Smart Shopper’s 10th anniversary and we’re giving you a chance to win a weekend of spoils worth over R100 000! All you have to do is buy any bottle of Nederburg or Durbanville Hills wine before 24 October and swipe your Smart Shopper card for automatic entry into this amazing competition. At Pick n Pay we’ve got a variety of Nederburg and Durbanville Hills wines for you to choose from.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Durbanville Hills and Metis

Springtime calls for some Sauvignon Blanc and what’s better than a delicious Durbanville Hills offering. Plus, if you buy this bottle of wine or any other within the Durbanville Hills range, you’ll stand a chance to win a weekend of spoils worth over R100 000, if you’re a Wine Club member! If you prefer something else, then why not try Klein Constantia’s Metis Sauvignon Blanc, which pairs well with grilled fish – perfect for the warmer months ahead.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Beyerskloof Pinotage + Kaapzicht

With its origins rooted in the 1920s in Stellenbosch, the Pinotage grape has become one of the most celebrated, proudly South Africa wines around the world! One of our favourites that have become an all-time classic is the Beyerskloof Pinotage 2019. Or alternatively, try Kaapzicht’s delicious 2017 Pinotage. All this and more available at Pick n Pay.


Pinotage Day may be on 9 October, but we have the luxury of celebrating this proudly South African product – everyday! Whether you love Groot Constantia’s range of Pinotage or maybe Bellingham is more your style, you’ve got a great selection to choose from at Pick n Pay.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Laborie Nectar Cap Classique

A visiting Frenchman described the first wine yield from Laborie in 1698 as the ‘the best in the colony and similar to our small wines of Champagne’. Nothing has changed in more than 300 years and you’ll be delighted to sample Le Grand Nectar. A perfect blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay gives it fullness and richness. Pair with seafood dishes or canapés.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Satin Nectar Rosé

We have Simonsig winemaker Frans Malan to thank for bringing Methode Cap Classique to our tables 50 years ago this month! Celebrate history with a modern twist with the limited-release Kaapse Vonkel, which tastes as delightful as its vibrant label suggests. Pairs beautifully with oysters and sushi.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Graham Beck Brut Rosé Cap Classique

This crisp, dry rosé teases the palate with crushed berry flavours and a zing of citrus, and pairs beautifully with nutty desserts and ice cream! Get 20% off when you a buy a bottle this month and you’ll be automatically entered into a competition to win a case of Graham Beck and a wine table valued at R6 000.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Darling Cellars 2018 Blanc de Blanc Brut

It’s been 50 years since South African winemakers started producing Methode Cap Classique – our answer to Champagne-style wines. Join the celebration with Darling Cellars 2018 Blanc de Blanc Brut, a wine perfectly suited to celebrating life and food. This one got four stars from the team at Platter.

Dan Really Likes Wine: Warwick 2017 First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum 1.5l

Warwick Wines First Lady is a range that is well loved by many because of its rich and deep flavours. Especially the warm notes of the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon. Try the 1.5l magnum next time you’re shopping and share the flavours of this Cab Sav with friends and family.

Dan Really Likes Wine: Pinot Noir Day

Pinot Noir is a wine that should be celebrated every day! Whichever Pinot Noir you prefer, be it a pink Pinot Noir Chardonnay from Gorgeous with a mineral scent, Haute Cabriere’s Pinot Noir Rosé with sweeter notes. Or Paul Cluver’s 2017 Estate Pinot Noir, find the Pinot that’s perfect for you.

Dan Really Likes Wine: Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Wine lovers rejoice, it’s always a good time for a great deal on your favourite wines. So, spoil yourself with a taste of one of Stellenbosch’s finest wines. The Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot is a rich and complex blended wine, with smooth notes that will make any wine enthusiast smile with delight!

Dan Really Likes Wine: La Motte Sauvignon Blanc

Wine and cheese are the perfect pairing. So, while you’ve got the cheese sorted, let us help you with a good recommendation for a wonderful wine! Give our wonderfully fresh La Motte Sauvignon Blanc from the Franschhoek Valley a try. With acidic notes and robust flavours, it will pair well with a rich cheese.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Great Heart 2019 Red blend & 2020 Chenin Blanc

A great wine with a great cause! Great Heart is a company whose shareholders are the workers, so you know that you’re getting their heart in every bottle! From the Great Heart 2019 Red blend to the 2020 Chenin Blanc, every bottle supports and strengthens the local wine industry workers and it tastes delicious too.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Cape Rock Wines Asylum & Fram Swartland Shiraz 2019

Two new wines with exciting new tastes and flavours are here. First, Cape Rock Wines’ offering, Asylum. A blend of white grapes that is refreshing and perfectly paired with spicy dishes. Or try out Fram’s Swartland Shiraz 2019, a young wine with fresh and fruity flavours. Delicious!

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Boschendal Shiraz 2018

If you’re looking for a winter warming red wine that is packed with flavour, then the Boschendal Shiraz 2018 is the pick for you. Founded in 1685, Boschendal is an iconic South African wine estate steeped in history. It boasts an array of legendary wines that are perfect for every occasion.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Alvi’s Drift Pintage 2019 & Drift Fusion Reserve 2018

Alvi’s Drift began in 1928 in the Breedekloof Valley and has since grown in popularity. It produces one of the finest Pinotages around, the 2019 Pinotage is rich in flavours of tobacco, chocolate and dark fruits. Or grab one of their Drift Fusion Reserve 2018 blended red wine, to add some richness to any occasion.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel 2019 Brut MCC

Simonsig are the masters that put a local spin on a French style sparkling wine and introduced it to the South African market, 50 years ago. Their Kaapse Vonkel 2019 Brut MCC is light, airy and a wonderfully crisp bottle of bubbly that continues to set the benchmark for other local winemakers to follow today.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Jacques Steytler Founder’s Reserve 2019

The Jacques Steytler Founder’s Reserve 2019 range is an amazing wine, full of complex flavours and is reasonably priced for everyone to enjoy! Exclusive to Pick n Pay, this wine is a collaboration between Stellenbosch winemaker extraordinaire Danie Steytler and industry entrepreneur Jacques Steenkamp.

De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2020

For a white wine with big and bold flavours, and a distinctive hit of citrus, you need the Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2020 by Estate De Wetshof. Its acidic edge and sharpness makes it the perfect pairing with fish dishes, or enjoyed on its own.

La Motte Millenium Merlot – Cabernet Franc 2018

If you’re looking for a red wine that is a blend of rich, smooth and warming flavours with a beautiful perfume that leaves you heady with delight, then La Motte’s Merlot-Cabernet Franc 2018, is just for you.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Groot Constantia Lady of Abundance & Beau Constantia’s Aidan

Do you have a particular affinity to Constantia wines? Then make sure you add Groot Constantia’s red wine blend, Lady of Abundance or Beau Constantia’s Aidan, to your shopping list. It makes an excellent gift too.

Dan really likes wine: Bellingham Pinotage Light 2019

Can you better a classic? Well, Bellingham certainly have with their take on the proudly South African classic, the ever-popular Pinotage. With Bellingham’s Pinotage Light, you get all the flavour of the original with only 8% of the alcohol and less calories too. Making this the perfect drink when you’re having a light lunch.

Dan really likes wine: Boschendal Chardonnay Pinot Noir BRUT MCC

South Africa has been making French style sparkling wine for over 50 years and every bottle continues to delight our taste buds and our senses, like Boschendal’s Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut MCC - a dry and creamy edition to our country’s bubbles legacy.

Dan really likes wine: Protea Sauvignon Blanc

Adding to the list of great wines on Dan’s picks for the month, is the Protea Sauvignon Blanc, a fresh and fruity white wine that’s the perfect accompaniment to your favourite salmon dish or sushi dinner.

Dan really likes wine: Warwick First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

When you open any bottle of Warwick wines First Lady range you’re tasting more than just quality wine, you’re celebrating the legacy of Norma Ratcliffe, the first woman included in the Cape Winemaker’s Guild. With rich, deep flavours ending on a savoury note, this Cab Sav is a must-have for any red wine enthusiast.

Dan really likes wine: Bellingham Sauvignon Blanc Light 2020

South Africa’s iconic wine brand brings you something a little different just in time for the crisper days of Autumn. Bellingham’s Sauvignon Blanc Light has just 8% alcohol and fewer calories, perfect for easy drinking over lunch.

Dan really likes wine: Bosman Generation 8 Pinot Grigio

The Bosman family of winemakers is celebrating 8 generations of producing heritage wines. Their Generation 8 Pinot Grigio is a superbly refreshing dry white wine and is a must-buy for any wine enthusiast.

Dan really likes wine: Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir Rosé

The Franschoek winery has found the perfect balance of dry and fruity with its Pinot Noir Rosé. This understated wine with its hints of strawberry is bound to take centre stage at your next al fresco gathering.

Dan really likes wine: Pierre Jourdan MCC

South Africa is celebrating 50 years of Méthode Cap Classique – our answer to creating bubbly that’s as good as its French counterpart.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Durbanville Hills

With a view that good, it’s a wonder they get any work done! Thankfully, Durbanville Hills makes wines everyone loves.


2021 is the year we celebrate 50 years of making MCCs in the Cape, and Dan is kicking it off with Pongrácz.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: 25 million bottles of SA wine in 2021

2020 was a difficult year for everyone, and the South African wine industry took a massive blow. Pick n Pay is pledging to buy 25 million bottles of South African wine in 2021, which means that as a Wine Club member, you’ll get to enjoy even more variety for less!

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Neil Ellis Sauvignon Blanc

If you prefer to do your shopping online these days, you’re in luck! Pick n Pay Wine Club always has exclusive online-only deals for you, like this classic Neil Ellis Sauvignon Blanc with no added sulphites! Not only that, but Wine Club members can get FREE delivery on online orders of a case or more of the month’s wines.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir Rosé

From the Franschhoek region, the Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir Rosé is the perfect wine for the any season. Blush, bursting with flavour, it’s a divine companion to fresh sushi or enjoyed on its own.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Chenin Blanc

Time to set aside your fave Sauvignon Blanc for another great addition to your wine rack. The Chenin Blanc by multi-award-winning winemakers Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Chenin Blanc 750ml Wines is a champion when it comes to flavour and price.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Neil Ellis Sauvignon Blanc

Included in Dan’s wines of the month list, is the Neil Ellis Sauvignon Blanc. Enjoy it with a meal, on its own or buy it by the case and receive store-to-door delivery.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: Steenberg 1682 Chardonnay BRUT Cap Classique

Another stellar cellar pick from Dan! Don’t spend tons of money on Champagne made in France, when you can get your hands on this ‘sparkling delight,’ a Steenberg 1682 Chardonnay BRUT Cap Classique.

DAN REALLY LIKES WINE: De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc

With three centuries of winemaking experience, you can tell that De Grendel Wines’ Sauvignon Blanc carries a rich heritage that can be tasted in its granadilla and citrusy flavours!

Dan Really Likes Wine: Paul Cluver Wines

Dan gives us the lowdown on their Village Pinot Noir and award-winning Sauvignon Blanc, plus a chance for Wine Club members to win!

Dan Really Likes Wine: Warwick Magnum

It’s regal and rich and Wine Club members can get their hands on a magnum of Warwick The First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon in selected Pick n Pay stores for a discounted price during the month of November.

Dan Really Likes Wine: Graham Beck Brut MCC

Stock up on some great South African bubbly this holiday season, like the Graham Beck Brut MCC.

Dan Really Likes Wine: Boschendal Brut MCC

Dan shows us a sparkling new addition to his (long) list of favourites: the award-winning Boschendal Brut MCC.

Dan Really Likes Wine: Ken Forrester Petit Sauvignon Blanc

There’s nothing like a cold, crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc to help with the heat of an SA summer.

Dan Really Likes Wine: Lubanzi

Perfect for a picnic or if you’re heading for a hike, this wine conveniently comes in a can! Find Lubanzi and more canned wine options in-store or online:

Dan Really Likes Wine: Paul Cluver Pinot Noir

It’s so nice, they had to make it twice! Try two great Pinot Noirs from the Paul Cluver estate: the earthy Village Pinot Noir or the polished Estate Pinot Noir.

Dan Really Likes Wine: Darling Cellars Reserve Chenin Blanc

Darling Cellars doesn’t disappoint, offering great value on the perfect summer Chenin Blanc. Find it in-store or shop online now:

Dan Really Likes Wine: Chardonnay

Why not stock up on this internationally celebrated triumph of a Chardonnay? Find it in-store or get it delivered to your door when you shop online

Dan Really Likes Wine: Tall Horse Shiraz Magnum

It’s big, it’s eye-catching, it’s the fruity and fabulous Tall Horse Shiraz Magnum! Get more bang for your buck in-store or online

Dan Really Likes Wine: Martini

Alcohol-free doesn’t have to mean fun-free! Enjoy some international sparkling wine with a bottle of Martini Dolce 0.0.

Dan Really Likes Wine: Robertson Non-Alcoholic Sweet Sparkling Pink & White

Treat yourself with Robertson’s Non-Alcoholic Sweet Sparkling Pink & White.

Dan Really Likes wine: Van Loveren Almost Zero % Alcohol

Restock your cellar with some lovely de-alcoholised options from Van Loveren!

Dan Really Likes wine: Leopard’s Leap Natura

Try something new with this Classic Red from the Leopard’s Leap de-alcoholised range.

Wine of the Week - Alto Rouge

The 2017 Alto Rouge once again proves why it’s is one of SA’s best-loved red blends.

Wine of the Week - DBV Hills Rosé

A delicious cool climate wine at a great price point? Dan says yes way rosé.

Wine of the Week - KZ Sauvignon Blanc

The Kleine Zalze estate is home to one of Dan’s favourite golf courses - but today, he’s here to talk about the wine.

Wine of the Week - Pierre Jourdan MCC

"A terrific example of sparkling South Africa brilliance" - need we say more?

Wine(s) of the Week - Wine Cans

The latest in wine innovation is wine in a can. Dan takes you through his favourites.

Episode 1: The Big Guns

Join Dan as he uncorks four of the best red-wine blends in South Africa.

Episode 2: Don’t Hate the Chardonnay

Got an irrational fear of Chardonnay? Dan samples the best to help you cure it.

Episode 3: Marry Someone Who Likes Pinot Noir

In this episode, Dan makes a case for why this robust drink is a relationship dealbreaker.

Episode 4: Summer of Sauvignon

Easy to drink, slides down smoothly and fantastic on a warm day – it's no wonder this white is a crowd favourite.

Episode 5: Just Desserts

An ode to the nectar of the South African wine gods – dessert wine.

Episode 6: Santa Really Likes Wine

Not sure what stocking fillers to buy? Dan shares the best drinks to gift this Christmas.

Episode 7: What Goes With Turkey

Need some help deciding which wine will best suit your Christmas Day feast? Dan has some answers.

Episode 8: Happy New Year

Raise a glass of bubbly to ring in the New Year.

Episode 9: January Budget Blues

Four affordable wines you should reach for while you wait for that end-of-the-month paycheque.

Episode 10: For the Love of Chenin

Why drinking more Chenin should be one of your New Year's resolutions.

Episode 11: Merlot – Not as Boring as You Think

South Africa produces great Merlot, and here's why you should drink more of it.

Episode 12: Old Whites

Dan has four good reasons why you don't have to drink white wine the same day you buy it.