Upcoming Events 2018
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Tuesday, December 7th
Yuletide Dinner @ Globe Bistro
Past Events 2017-2018
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Tuesday, Oct 23rd
SA Wine & Polish Food @ Izba
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Sunday, Sept 16th
Braai @ Cosman's
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Monday, July 23rd
Anthony Hamilton Russell talks about 3 wine labels @ Faculty Club
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Tuesday, April 24th
Bordeaux-style Cape Blends & Their Siblings @ Faculty Club
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Tuesday, May 15th
Hannibal Dinner @ Globe Bistro
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Monday, March 19th
Kanonkop Paul Sauer Dinner @ The Monkey Bar
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Wednesday, February 21st
The Shiraz Challenge (SAF vs AUS) @ Faculty Club
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Tuesday, September 12th
Meerlust Rubicon Vertical Tasting @ Faculty Club
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Wednesday, May 17th
Bargain Wines @ Faculty Club
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Tuesday, April 18th
De Toren Dinner @ Globe Bistro
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Monday, March 20th
Fusion Dinner @ California Roll
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Thursday, February 23rd
War Of The Wines @ Columbus Centre


Welcome to The South African Wine Society (SAWS)

The South African Wine Society, now in its 20th year, is a non-profit wine tasting club focused on promoting knowledge about and access to South African wines in Canada. This is achieved by hosting informative wine tastings, relaxed social; dinners and providing members with an opportunity to savour wines which are readily available, as well as vintage collections from our carefully stocked cellar.

Why not join the Society and embark on a journey discovering the wines and foods of remarkable South Africa and its leading wine producing regions? Learn about our Wine Cellar – a hidden member benefit.

Upcoming Events

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Friday, December 7th

Yuletide Dinner
Globe Bistro
Event Time: 7:00pm

Globe Bistro is inside a former theatre and bowling alley whose original floors provide the foundation for the threelevel dining room. Sumptuous chandeliers illuminate wall tapestries of dancing figures and a stage space.

Executive Chef Dan Sanders draws his inspiration from global flavours and crafts Globe Bistro's dishes entirely from locally sourced ingredients. With bread baked and meat dry-aged in-house, he dazzles diners with his culinary prowess from within the open kitchen.

Join us and taste the culinary mastery of Dan Sanders matched with wines selected by SAWS Cellar Master Jon Whitteker.


MAN Family Wines Méthode Cap Classique Brut NV
The NV Methode Cap Classique Brut has a bright, lively, citrus fresh nose that is well defined and exudes joie de vivre. The palate is lightly toasted on the entry with fresh lime and citrus lemon, the acidity well judged with a long and poised finish.

Graham Beck Brut Zero 2011
Elegant, fresh and lively, this wine is a study in rich minerality. Fresh green apples and hints of brioche, citrus and barely perceptible iris develop on the mid-palate as the wine is left to stand. Virtually sugar free, the natural salt affinity of this zerodosage wine makes it the ideal partner to crustacean dishes and sushi.

Paul Cluver Pinot Noir 2012
The colour of this wine is deeper than previous vintages - a beautiful garnet. The nose has delicate violet perfume aromas combined with dark cherry, red berry and ribena berry. On the palate these characteristics follow through combining with lovely aniseed, iodine saltiness. The fine grainy tannin adds to the allure of this wine which is more feminine than previous vintages.

Saronsberg Seismic 2013
The Saronsberg Seismic has a dark colour with flavours of cassis, red berry and integrated oak. The tannin is firm and well balanced with a full-bodied, elegant finish.

De Toren Z 2006
This sophisticated "Right Bank"-styled Bordeaux blend debuted in the 2004 vintage as a complement to De Toren's legendary "Left Bank"-styled Fusion V. A higher proportion of merlot makes this delicious red softer and more approachable in its youth than its blockbuster sibling. It delivers intense aromas and flavors of plum, dark berries, and spicebox with classic notes of tobacco, graphite, and leather.

KWV Limited Release 1965 Port
Light amber colour with green olive hues. Nuts, toffee, caramel and spice on nose. Beautiful layers and complexity of flavours on palate, with never ending dry finish.


MAN Family Wines Méthode Cap Classique Brut NV

Lobster Consommé
Lobster ravioli, butternut squash, black truffle
Graham Beck Brut Zero 2011

Dry Aged Beef Tartar
Hand cut aged striploin, egg yolk emulsion, brioche, shaved foie gras
Paul Cluver Pinot Noir 2012

Crispy sweetbreads, mushrooms, parsnips, sherry jus
Saronsberg Seismic 2013

Duck Breast
Macadamia crusted duck breast, celeriac purée, Brussels sprouts, dried fruit jus
De Toren Z 2006

Caramelized Apple Tart
KWV Limited Release 1965 Port

*We will make every effort to accommodate your food allergies or special dietary needs if requested.


Friday, December 7th.
Reception: 7:00 pm
Dinner: 7:30 pm


Globe Bistro, 124 Danforth Ave, just east of Broadview.
Easy access via subway. Public parking lot at rear, one block north. 416 466-2000


$95 Members & $105 Guests

This event has a capacity limit. Once reached, members will be advised that no further registrations will be taken.

Closing date: Your booking or cancellation must be received by December 3rd, 2018. You will be contacted if we are unable to accept your booking.

Your cheque payable to South African Wine Society or Visa credit card information will reserve your place. If we have your credit card information on file, you may book by e-mail to sawsinfo@rogers.com
* Visa charges will appear as Bokke Wines

To find more information about the event, including registration, follow this link.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Note: As a courtesy to other members, please refrain from wearing any scented products, including perfumes, colognes, after shaves or hand lotions.

What the South African Wine Society Offers

We hold 8 to 10 events per year made up of wine tastings and dinner with wine matching.

Recent events:

  • Differences between South African and Canadian Wines
  • Monday with Meerlus
  • Wine and Art
  • Steenberg Vineyards
  • Lanzerac vertical tasting
  • Port, Cheese & Chocolate including truffles & chocolate- dipped strawberries
  • Hidden Gems of the Cape
  • Take the Mystery out of Wine and Food Pairings

  • Humber College Gourmet Dinner (Joint event with the Body and Soul of Portugal Wine Society)
  • Lammershoek Dinner
  • Christmas Dinner
  • Braii - Annual BBQ

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Event Info:

  • Events are located in and around Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Excluding our annual Braii, events occur on weekdays, from 6:30 p m to 8:30 pm.
  • Features eight South African wines.
  • Is accompanied by dinner and/or appetizers
  • Allows you to try South African wines that are often not available at the provincially run liquor control board (LCBO).
  • Is led by an industry expert - a winemaker, a wine writer or other professional.
  • Is cost-friendly. As a non-profit organization, our aim is to allow you to try an extensive variety of high-quality wines at a reasonable price.

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Special Wine Events:

  • Each year we offer two of special events.
  • In February, we have the Gourmet Dinner Event on the evening of Ontario's Family Day holiday..
  • In June, we spend a lovely afternoon at Mario's farm just 45 minutes outside Toronto. This event exposes you to a traditional African Braii (BBQ) which includes Lamb on the spit, Chicken kebabs, boerewors (sausage), Stywe pap (if you haven't tried it, now is the time!), biltong (a dried meat like jerky), and traditional South African milk tart.

To find out more information on our events you can contact us by email at: SAWSinfo@rogers.com

If you want information on becoming a member visit our Membership page or you can email
our membership coordinator at SAWS-membership@rogers.com.

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