Upcoming Events 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, 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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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, May 15th

Hannibal Dinner
Globe Bistro
Start: 6:30pm

Globe Bistro is inside a former theatre and bowling alley whose original floors provide the foundation for the three-level 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.

Bouchard Finlayson has small production focusing on quality, using varietals ideal for their terroir. Winemaker Peter Finlayson, is supported by a small dedicated and passionate team committed to making fine wines.

Originally prompted by the classic taste and palate of Italian varieties: sangiovese and nebbiolo, the importation of these grape varieties in 1989 led to the development of a highly successful blend, with the first commercial launch of the Hannibal label 12 years later.

The name Hannibal was adopted as a symbolic expression of the synergy with the African elephant participating in linking the wine lands of France and Italy together two thousand years ago under the invading command of the classic Carthaginian general.

Join us and see how our Hannibal vintages match with the culinary mastery of Dan Sanders.



Sunchoke purée, sunflower seed butter, smoked pancetta, baby greens, cider gastrique


Elk Carpaccio
Pickled mushrooms, squash, aged Gouda, mustard greens


Beef Cheek
Red wine braised cheeks, rutabaga mustarda, gnocchetti, kale


Lamb Loin
Gremolata crusted loin, smoked parsnip, charred onion, raisin purée, rosemary jus


Caramelized Apple Tart


-Sijnn White 2013
Bristling with attractive pear, peach and tropical fruit wrapped in a creamy texture.

-Vergenoegd Estate 2000(⏩ 76% chenin, 20% viognier, 4% roussanne)
An attractive straw / yellow colour. A lovely mineral, pithy stone fruit nose with a hint of honey & nutty complexity. Fresh, full textured palate with a little less richness than 2012, but with more mineral depth. Just starting to show itself and should develop beautifully over the next year or so. Best 2015 to 2020.

-BF Hannibal 2004 (⏩ 35% sangiovese, 35% pinot noir, 10% shiraz, 10% nebbiolo, 5% mourvedre, 5% barbera)
Concentrated, dark and fruity with whiffs of oak and wood on the nose. Velvety tannins offering a sumptuous slow-pronounced finish, indicates plenty of promise for those who are prepared to wait.

-BF Hannibal 2009(⏩ 38% sangiovese, 18% pinot noir, 16% nebbiolo, 15% shiraz, 10% mourvedre, 3%barbera)
This bottling enjoys plenty of character it is rich, polished with red and black wild berry fruit flavours. Layered with hints of gentle oak leaning light on textured fruit acid and refined tannins driven by a long mineral aftertaste!

-BF Hannibal 2010(⏩ 52% sangiovese, 14% pinot noir, 14% nebbiolo, 10% mourvedre, 7% barbera, 3% shiraz)
This wine is tight but rich, with a core of silky sweet berry and wild plum aromas. It is beautifully textured with refined tannins arising from the bright but small harvest.

-BF Hannibal 2011 (⏩ 52% sangiovese, 13% pinot noir, 13% shiraz, 13% mourvedre, 6% nebbiolo, 4% barbera)
These grapes ripened well to produce friendly wild berry flavours with opulent, gentle tannins providing long and harmonious finish!

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


Tuesday, May 15th. Start 6:30 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 Tuesday, May 8th. 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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