Upcoming Events 2018
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Monday, March 19th
Kanonkop Paul Sauer Dinner @ The Monkey Bar
Past Events 2014-2017
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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
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Friday, December 2nd
Yuletide Celebration @ Faculty Club
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Wednesday, November 9th
What goes? @ Kwan
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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 @ 9 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 16
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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Monday, March 19th

Kanonkop Paul Sauer Dinner
The Monkey Bar
Reception: 6:30pm

With the global wine industry expanding, the use of the term "Bordeaux Blend" is changing. Although a product of the Old World, it remains a useful concept, allowing the wine industry and enthusiasts everywhere to talk about Bordeaux-style red wines as an international group, irrespective of regionality.

Cabernet sauvignon is widely accepted as a compulsory component of any Bordeaux Blend, with merlot following close behind. In fact, the majority of Bordeaux Blend wines are often made exclusively from a blend of these two varieties. The remaining components are cabernet franc, petit verdot and malbec, used in varying combinations and proportions.

Red Bordeaux Blends are known for their powerful structure and deep flavours. Dark fruits and berries such as plum and blackcurrant are commonly used to describe the flavours of red Bordeaux, although there is an unlimited range of terms that have been ascribed to them. Tannins tend to be relatively high in these wines, giving them a firm structure.

Kanonkop Paul Sauer is a powerful yet elegant Bordeaux Blend and is a true South African classic. Expect concentrated aromas and opulent flavours of cassis, blackberry and licorice, with core notes of leather and tea leaf. Hints of violets, underbrush and smoke carry through on the lingering silky finish. We have gathered a range of Paul Sauer Bordeaux Blend vintages for your tasting and enjoyment with a specially designed menu to complement the wines. We will have a multi-course tasting menu to complement the wines.

This will be a great tasting event!

Because of very limited availability, our tasting is limited to 30 persons on a first come, first served basis. This is a “members only” event.


-Saronsberg Earth in Motion White 2016 (chenin blanc, sauvignon blanc, semillon)
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.

-Grilled smoked trout with lemon butter sauce

-Cape Point Isliedh White Blend 2010 (sauvignon blanc, semillon blend)
A clean flintiness adds tension to subtly oaked nectarine & lime flavours. Delicious, with good complexity and length.

-Panko crusted eggplant with tomato basil sauce

-Portobello mushroom, Parmesan cheese

-Grilled jumbo shrimps with chickpea fries, lemon mayonnaise

-Rustenberg John X. Merriman 2000 (merlot, cab sauv, cab franc)
Ripe black cherry fruit, fine balance.

-Rustenberg John X. Merriman 2005 (merlot, cab sauv, cab franc, petit verdot, malbec)
Entices with fresh, ripe fruit perfume, silky sleekness, restraining ripe tannins. A real charmer.

-Arugula with braised red cabbage, goat cheese, lamb chop

-Braised beef short ribs, roasted onion jus, garlic mashed potatoes

-Kanonkop Paul Sauer 1983 (cab sauv, cab franc, merlot)
Deep, richly coloured, complex, perfumed and well structured. Slightly lighter than the ‘84

-Kanonkop Paul Sauer 1984 (cab sauv, cab franc, merlot)
Deep, richly coloured, complex, perfumed and well structured. Superb.

-Kanonkop Paul Sauer 1999 (cab sauv, cab franc, merlot)
Full bodied, nutty & berry flavours; good acid, tannins and balance. Arresting bouquet of pencil shavings, brambly cassis fruits sheltered by gorgeous soft tannins. Stony mineral elegance.

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


Monday, March 19th. Reception 6:30 pm


Monkey Bar, 3353 Yonge St., Toronto M4N 2M6 (north of Lawrence)


$85 Members (only)

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, March 9th. 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.

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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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