Upcoming Events 2020
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Thursday, March 12th
A Special Event @ Faculty Club
Past Events 2017-2019
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Wednesday, January 29th
Living the Dream @ Budapest Restaurant
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Friday, December 6th
Yuletide Dinner @ Globe Bistro
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Thursday, October 10th
A Very Special Event @ Faculty Club
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Wednesday, September 11th
Creme de la Creme Dinner @ Globe Bistro
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Wednesday, May 22nd
Perfect Pairings for Backyard Sipping & Grilling @ Faculty Club
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Wednesday, April 24th
Special Seafood Dinner @ Lisbon By Night
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Tuesday, February 21st
Dinner Wih Friends and Bistro Reds @ Columbus Centre
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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 34th 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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Thursday, March 12th

A Special Event
Faculty Club
From: 6:30pm

Our Theme is South African Consignment Wines. We will be tasting eight wines selected from over 30 wines currently available. In addition we will have a ninth wine selected as a Reception wine from the consignment pool. At this time all of these wines are available but this is a constantly evolving pool with current wines being sold out, since they are all in limited availability, and new wines added. We have made a selection to provide members with a good insight into the quality and diversity of the offering. Some of the top wineries are in this pool along with some very special wines that most members will never have access to.

We will provide an expanded list of wines currently available for purchase along with specific agent contact particulars, if members want to order. Wine must be ordered by case (6 or 12) but can be split with friends to facilitate a broader selection. Each member will deal directly with the specific agent for any purchase. This is a unique opportunity to taste and potentially buy a series of limited availability, high quality South African wines. The wines will be accompanied by a tasting plate.

Fine wines, a great menu, great people. What’s not to like?


Reception Wine:
RAATS Original Chenin Blanc 2019 Distinctive yellow apple, kiwi fruit and pineapple core, alongside notes of green melon and limes and is bursting with fresh fruit flavours. A zesty citrus flavour lingers on the palate, with a long mineral finish.

Tasting Wines:
Pearce Predhomme 2018 Chenin Blanc Wild Ferment Fresh aromas of under-ripe stone fruit & tangerine, with firm minerality & restraint. This is a texturedriven wine, the intensity & weight is by the grape only, with an almost grippy finish.

B Vintner 2017 Haarlem to Hope Chenin, semillon, muscat blend A concentration of bright fruit on the nose that follows through onto the palate. Nectarine, pear and melon are given depth by touches of spice, lemongrass and ginger, plus hints of floral and scrub. Time in older oak, with close lees contact, has helped to give the wine breadth and depth on the palate and keeps the focus with a saline and savoury linger.

AA Badenhorst 2017 White Blend Chenin blanc, roussanne, grenache blanc and gris, verdelho, colombar, viognier, chardonnay, semillon and 3 others. It hangs together really well, the nose complex and elusive with notes of potpourri, citrus, stone fruit, earth, some nuttiness and spice while the palate is dense and textured yet not without verve. Layers and layers of flavour, the overall impression distinctly savoury.

Pearce Predhomme 2017 Cinsault, Syrah Fresh ripe red & black fruit; cherry, strawberry, & wild raspberry. Intense spice / sous bois, smoke. Granite minerality. Light-bodied, vibrant acid, grippy though delicate tannins, with surprisingly powerful fruit & spice punching above its weight in flavour.

B Vintner 2017 Liberté Pinotage Liberté is old vine pinotage on decomposed granite soils at altitude. An earlier pick, native ferment, 20% whole bunch and around a year in oak (a touch new) provides firm, fine bones and lightly sticky tannins, while Stellenbosch's inherent sunshine makes for a great natural cushion of cherry leather, raspberry, red liquorice, scrubby fynbos, and tight, nimble spicing. A beauty, especially with a slight chill.

AA Badenhorst 2017 Red Blend Shiraz, mourvedre, grenache and cinsault. The nose is complex with aromas of black cherries, perfume, pepper and liquorice. On the palate, it starts with flavours of dark berry fruit and lavender, while the finish is dry and reminiscent of currant and savoury notes. Tannins are well incorporated and ripe.

RAATS Jasper 2016 Red Blend 60% cabernet franc, 31% malbec , 7% petit verdot, 2% merlot A true gem. Exceptionally intense and complex on the nose with blackberry, black cherry and bramble in abundance and subtle hints of forest floor, dark chocolate, aniseed and spicy tobacco. The walk in the Black Forest continues with blue and blackberry dancing on a tight rope with focus and concentration, following through onto a perfectly balanced, fine-grained, velvety palate. The finish lingers with hints of fresh mint, cinnamon and perfume. Complex and structured, a true iron fist in a silky glove.

Anthonij Rupert Optima 2015 40% cabernet franc, 35% merlot, 25% cabernet sauvignon Delightful interplay of blackcurrant, cassis, violet perfume and an earthy richness. Silky, supple and smooth when first it hits the palate. Flavours of dark berry fruit, Christmas pudding, cigar box and spice then make their presence felt. Beautifully balanced with neither fruit nor oak dominating. The oak is sympathetic and supportive.

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


Thursday, March 12th
From: 6:30 pm


University of Toronto Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1C7


The Spadina streetcar stops at the corner of Willcocks and Spadina.


$65 Members & $75 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 Thursday - March 5th, 2020. 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.

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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