Upcoming Events 2018
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Monday, July 23rd
Anthony Hamilton Russell talks about 3 wine labels @ Faculty Club
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Sunday, Sept 16th
Braai @ Cosman's
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Tuesday, Oct 23rd
SA Wine & Polish Food @ Izba
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Tuesday, December 7th
Yuletide Dinner @ Globe Bistro
Past Events 2017-2018
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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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Monday, July 23rd

Hamilton Russer Family Wineries Tasting
Faculty Club
Reception: 6:00pm

It's time to gather for a tasting of wines presented by SAWS’ good friend, Anthony Hamilton Russell. Anthony will be leading the discussion comparing the wines of three of his labels.

Hamilton Russell Vineyards: One of the most southerly wine estates in South Africa. A pinot noir and chardonnay specialist, they pioneered viticulture in the beautiful, cool, maritime, Hemel-en- Aarde Valley appellation behind the old fishing village of Hermanus.

Ashbourne: The property is named after Anthony’s great, great grandfather Lord Ashbourne who was Lord Chancellor of Ireland in the late 1800’s. Located on the eastern border of Hamilton Russell Vineyards, this small pinotage and sauvignon blanc based blend specialist has developed a reputation for innovative, highly individual, classically styled and age-worthy blends.

Southern Right: A small pinotage and sauvignon blanc specialist located on a striking 448 hectare property near Hamilton Russell Vineyards. The wines are named after the rare Southern Right whales, which frequent the cool South Atlantic Walker Bay, 3 kilometres from the vineyards.

Join us for what promises to be an enjoyable evening. Our summer BBQ-style menu appears on next page.


Salad Buffet
Coleslaw vinaigrette
Kale and roasted beet salad
Warm potato salad
Grilled seasonal vegetable platter

Entrée served “family style”
Grilled sirloin skewers
Grilled lamb chops
Mustard and dill grilled chicken breasts
Guava glazed salmon fillets
Corn on the cob

Lemon posset
Tea and coffee


SOUTHERN RIGHT SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016 $21.95 The 2016 sauvignon blanc, which comes from 17 different parcels around the Walker Bay area, offers attractive gooseberry, nettle and light chalky scents on the nose that opens nicely with aeration. The palate is balanced with crisp acidity, a touch of spice on the tip of the tongue on the entry, nettle and gooseberry laced with ginger towards the vivacious finish with just a hint of asparagus on the aftertaste.

SOUTHERN RIGHT PINOTAGE 2015 $26.95 Offers bright purity uncommon for the grape, featuring a beam of cassis and boysenberry fruit lined with violet, licorice and blood orange hints. Delivers a fresh, racy finish.

ASHBOURNE PINOTAGE / CINSAULT 2018 Made from grapes sourced from old vineyards in the Swartland appellation, the focus is for open generosity of palate in the year of production. The richness and depth of the pinotage is freshened by the lightness and brightness of the cinsault.

ASHBOURNE 2009 $25.95 The 2009 Hemel en Aarde Valley is a blend of 86% pinotage, 3.5% of each of the cabernet franc, malbec, cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot all raised in French oak for 14 months, half new. It has a harmonious bouquet, with lifted dark cherries, licorice, star anise and a touch of garrigue. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe, slightly chewy tannins. There acidity is taut and crisp, cutting through the quite assertive, masculine blackberry and raspberry fruit. It feels tightly wound toward the finish and deserves 2-3 years in bottle.

ASHBOURNE PINOTAGE 2015 100% pinotage, with its classic, refined styling and unique complex character. This is something special, perfumed black & red fruit; sweet spice & charry oak add delicate layers; intense, rich and savoury with a beautiful underlying minerality.

HAMILTON RUSSELL PINOT NOIR 2016 $57.95 Inviting bright red. Complex, musky, woodsy scents of dark cherry, raspberry, licorice, flowers, herbs and spicy underbrush; this has the soil complexity and light touch of a top Burgundy. Wonderfully brisk, dry, mineral-driven flavors of dark fruits, spices and herbs. Still a bit youthfully austere, saline and dominated by its acid/tannin structure but even today there's nothing out of place and the wine's seamless texture is utterly refined. Needs time in bottle to blossom, but I suspect this savory, tight-grained pinot will last a long time. Boasts rare energy and subtle grip for South African pinot noir.

HAMILTON RUSSELL CHARDONNAY 2016 $43.95 The 2016 Chardonnay underwent less malolactic than other vintages to preserve the acidity, around 40%, and the wine matured in 38% new oak for nine to ten months. Yields were very low at around 20 hectoliters per hectare. It displays fine delineation and minerality. The palate is very well balanced with superb tension, brimming full of energy and fanning out with nutmeg and smoked walnut notes towards the somewhat feisty finish.

ASHBOURNE SAUVIGNON BLANC CHARDONNAY 2017 Fresh, vibrant, perfumed sauvignon blanc (79%), filled-out and enriched with a carefully judged unwooded chardonnay (21%) component, make this a beautifully balanced and highly versatile wine. Pungent & forthright blend mixes citrus & tropical fruit, tied together for easy drinking pleasure.

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


Monday, July 23rd. Reception 6:00 pm


University of Toronto Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1C7
The Spadina streetcar stops at the corner of Willcocks and Spadina. 416 978-6325


$90 Members; $100 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 Tuesday, July 16th. 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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