Upcoming Events 2016
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Wednesday, November 9th
What goes? @ Kwan
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Friday, December 2nd
Xmas Event @ TBA
Past Events 2014-2016
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Monday, October 17th
Faculty Club
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Tuesday, September 13th
Shiraz/Syrah Foor + Tasting @ Boland's
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Sunday, June 26th
Braai @ 8 Paul Street
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Tuesday, May 24th
The High Road Winery @ Boland's Kitchen
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Tuesday, April 19th
Special Seafood Dinner @ Lisbon By Night
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Tuesday, March 15th
The Great Wine Quiz​: Test Your Wine IQ
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Thursday, February 18th
Amici dell'Enotria
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Friday, December 4
Lisbon By Night
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Tuesday, October 19
De Torren Vertical Tasting @ Boland’s Kitchen
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Tuesday, September 1
Dinner With Lammershoek Pinotage @ Boland’s Kitchen
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Tuesday, July 14
Cool Climate Wines Tasting
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Thursday, May 14
High End Tasting
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Tuesday, April 14
Sauvignon blanc tasting
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Thursday, March 19
Indian Dinner
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Thursday, February 5
The War Of The Wines @ The Columbus Centre
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Friday, December 6
Xmas Event @ TLTC


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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Wednesday, November 9th

What goes?
Reception: 6:30pm
Dinner: 7:00pm

Chinese food is a generous cuisine. When pairing with Chinese food, you're looking for wines that are spicy, soft, and on the richer side. Expressive and muscular wines are important. Bold flavours of ginger, chili and soy sauce, are enough to stump even the savviest sommelier. But there’s hope for those who want wine with their wontons.

There are usually many components to juggle --is the dish light or heavy; is the spice character low or aggressive; is the heat character mild or strong?

With that said, here are some guidelines with a general range of dishes. Stick with a high acid wine that also has significant weight. With spicy noodle, rice, or tofu dishes, texture and heat are the main concern. Wines with softer acidity and a rounder texture will help balance the heat component.

Come to our November event and try your hand at matching South African wines selected by Cellar Master Jon Whitteker with the menu chosen by Debbis Lui Wong, owner of Kwan, conveniently located at Yonge and St. Clair.


Cape Dreams Sauvignon Blanc 2015


• Shrimp dumplings
• Steamed minced pork mixed with shrimp & black mushroom dumplings
• Deep fried chicken dumplings with dried shrimp BBQ
• Pork pastry with sesame
• Smoked duck bean curd roll (served cold)

Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap White 2014


• Hot & Sour Tofu Soup

Bouchard Finlayson Blanc De Mers 2014


• Crispy Sesame Chicken
• Sweet & Sour Pork
• Shrimp with Lobster Sauce
• Chinese cabbage wrapped with vegetables roll
• Pan fried shrimp dumplings

Paul Cluver Pinot Noir 2012

Mullineux Kloof Street Swartland Rouge 2014


• Tiny Bee (almond paste shape like a bumble bee)
• Mango Flavoured layered sponge cake

KWV Classic Cape Full Cream Sherry

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


 Wednesday, November 9th, Reception: 6:30pm, Dinner at 7:00 pm


Kwan, 1496 Yonge St, Toronto M4T 1Z6 (Yonge subway at St Clair station)


$60 Members

$70 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, November 4th. 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 Pushka Holdings.

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.

Event Photo of Man Holding Wine Glass

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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