Upcoming Events 2018
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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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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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Tuesday, October 23rd

Cultural Dinner Series
Event Time: 6:30pm

SAWS and Polish cuisine? Come and enjoy a new dining experience.

Each year SAWS arranges a dinner that allows its members to appreciate some of the finer points of the cuisine of our fellow Canadians. Toronto has a rich heritage. Its range of cultures and people provide a colourful quilt of neighbourhoods, often overlooked as we rush along. This event is “just dinner, with wine” and will provide the opportunity to interact with our friends before and during the evening and learn how SA wines work with the Polish food.

Polish cuisine has evolved over the centuries to become very eclectic due to Poland's history. It shares many similarities with other Slavic ethnicities, especially Czech, Slovak and Ukrainian. It is rich in meat, especially pork, chicken and beef, winter vegetables, cabbage, spices, and herbs. Generally speaking, Polish cuisine is hearty.

Our service will be “family style”. Starters are deep-fried mixed vegetables. For our meal, Borscht will be followed by the main course, breaded veal cutlet, aka Vienna Schnitzel, also cheese & potato pierogi along with cabbage rolls. Vegetables include sauerkraut and roast potatoes. Our dinner will conclude with a dessert table, including coffee. The dinner is accompanied by a selection of wines from the SAWS cellar. Join us for what promises to be an enjoyable evening. We promise that you won’t leave hungry!


Krone Borealis Vintage Cuvée Brut Sparkling 2016
90% chardonnay, 9% pinot noir, 1% pinot blanc
Elegant, iridescent gold in colour; oyster shell and chalky limestone character leads to pineapple, fresh yellow apple and salted caramel flavours with a fine, persistent mouth-filling mousse; creamy textures on the mid-palate with some baked pie-crust, and a refreshing, tangy finish.


Cape Town Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Derived from the cool growing areas flanking the city of Cape Town and hugging the cold Atlantic Ocean along the West Coast of Cape Town, the wine reflects beautiful flavours of white fruit and Cape gooseberries, balanced with a refined acidity.

Saronsberg Provenance Earth In Motion 2016
72% sauvignon blanc, 28% chenin blanc
Prominent tropical aromas with the sauvignon blanc contributing delicate gooseberry, exotic fruit and a hint of minerality. The chenin blanc provides white pear, litchi and floral notes. It is a clean, fresh wine with ample body, a succulent fruit core and generous aftertaste.

Ridgeback Cabernet Franc 2008
Moderate intensity aromatics, pure fruit character. Mid-weight, elegant and reserved, fine grained tannins, juicy acidity. Decent to good length. Quite fine.

The Winery of Good Hope Reserve Pinot Noir 2016
Bright cherry-red in the glass. Red fruit aromas abound with a hint of mint and earth. On the palate, refreshing and mineral in texture with further red berry flavours leading to a lingering finish. A succulent and expressive pinot.

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


Tuesday, October 23rd. Start: 6:00 pm


Izba, 648 The Queensway, Etobicoke M8Y 1K7 map
Corner Berl Ave, 600 M west of Park Lawn.
Via TTC: From Royal York Station, 76B Royal York South toward Queensway and Grand Avenue. Exit at The Queensway at Milton St stop. Walk east four blocks.


$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 October 16th, 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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