Upcoming Events 2019
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Tuesday, February 21st
Dinner Wih Friends and Bistro Reds @ Columbus Centre
Past Events 2017-2018
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Tuesday, December 7th
Yuletide Dinner @ Globe Bistro
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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 4 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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Tuesday, February 21st

Dinner with Friends and Bistro Reds
Columbus Centre
Start: 6:30pm

Amici dell’Enotria and the South African Wine Society have combined forces to bring you a “Dinner With Friends and Bistro Reds”. You alone will be the judge of which wines gave you the most pleasure along with a multitude of great Italian foods.

After our SA and Italian reception wines and tasting, a munificent buffet dinner will be offered along with a range of Italian and South African wines sufficient to meet everyone’s taste. Your palate, not your wallet or your heritage, will determine your preference. Oh the horror if your preference is the Italian wine. Will you rush out to add it to your cellar?

Please join us for an event that promises to be great fun.


Assorted Italian deli meats; grilled zucchini, eggplant and peppers; green and black olives; crostini with assorted toppings - olive tapenade, sundried tomato puree, artichoke; oven roasted Italian sausage with lentils; pizza squares; foccaccia bread; marinated mushrooms

Buffet dinner:
Salad of mixed lettuces with balsamic vinaigrette; green bean salad with cherry tomato and red onions; penne with tomato sauce; cheese filled manicotti with cream sauce; roast braised veal au jus; grilled chicken breast with mushroom sauce.


The blend of five French varieties is weighty and intense with a decidedly hematic, ferric and pencilgraphite set of aromas for early strength. Plenty of fruit emerges and continues onto the palate with an equal match by energetic acidity. The shiraz begins with a peppery jolt and the mourvedre delivers strength. Grenache the juice-giver is joined by fresh cinsault and finally finished with the cimmerian catalyst tannat. This has great presence and less funk than expected. Would love to see this age for a few years for tannin resolve and further integration. Will freak some folks out at the 10 year mark, perhaps even later. Drink thru 2024.

KLOOF STREET 2016 $19.95
This wine's syrah, cinsault and carignan were handharvested from five sustainably farmed parcels selected from sites across Swartland. It has been crafted to proffer a juicy, berry-led flavour profile. Elegant and structured, with velvety texture and silky tannins. This is a perfectly pitched barbecue wine with great versatility and broad appeal.

ERNIE ELS BIG EASY 2016 $19.95
60% shiraz, 20% cabernet sauvignon, 7% cinsaut, 5% grenache, 5% viognier and 3% mourvèdre It may sound complicated, but hey, it's Big Easy. The 2016 vintage of this perennial customer favourite tees up tangy raspberry and sour cherry fruit in an approachable style.


Really modern Chianti Classico with one foot walking forward into the future is really just like this. The vintage is perfect for such an approach, gifting ripe, dusty, leathery and juicy red fruit with as much acidity, tannin and wood gifting a winemaker wishes to pursue. All facets are approached with middle of the road conditioning so no one is left out or made immune to the charm of the CC practicum. You can all take part. Drink 2017-2019. 88/100

A generously ripe, red but mostly dark fruit-scented version of sangiovese from the Tuscan coast, plush, succulent and juicy, generously proportioned without being overly ripe nor fat. There's a solid lick of acids that streak across the palate, lifting and refreshing the spicy dark fruit. Solid length. A great wine for the table, with savoury, roasted protein and the like. Value Rating: **1/2 90/100

Ripe, fleshy, fullish yet firm dolcetto here, satisfying and chewy, deep and fruity. Wood is not a factor, and fresh blackberry fruit leads on the palate. Acids are lively despite the evident ripeness (14% alcohol). Well done. Value Rating: *** 90/100

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


Tuesday, February 21st.
Start: 6:30 pm
Dinner: 7:00 pm


Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Ave W (3 bus stops west of Dufferin)


$75 Members & $85 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 Friday - February 15ht, 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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