Upcoming Events 2015
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Tuesday, April 14
Sauvignon blanc tasting
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Thursday, May 14
High End Tasting
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Tuesday, July 14
Cool Climate Wines Tasting
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Thursday, September 3
Dinner With Lammershoek Pinotage @ Boland’s Kitchen
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Tuesday, October 19
De Torren Vertical Tasting @ Boland’s Kitchen
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Friday, December 4
Christmas Dinner
Past Events 2014
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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 5
Xmas Event @ TLTC

Welcome


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, April 14th

Explore the world of sauvignon blanc!

Start @ 6:30 pm


Sauvignon blanc is widely cultivated in France, Chile, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the US west coast. It produces a crisp, dry, and refreshing wine. Depending on the climate, the flavour can range from aggressively grassy to sweetly tropical. In cooler climates, the grape has a tendency to produce wines with noticeable acidity and "green flavours" of grass, bell peppers and nettles with some tropical fruit (such as passion fruit) and floral (such as elderflower) notes. In warmer climates, it can develop more tropical fruit notes but risk losing a lot of aromatics from overripeness, leaving only slight grapefruit and tree fruit (such as peach) notes. The wine is usually consumed young, as it does not particularly benefit from aging sauvignon blanc tends to develop vegetal aromas reminiscent of peas and asparagus with extended aging.

Utilizing the liquid resources of six countries, (South Africa, New Zealand, Chile, France, United States and Canada) we are excited to present a selection of sauvignon varietal wines that demonstrate the complexity of this great wine.

Explore the sensation!

Our guest speakers include:
1) Robert Ketchin , Canadian representative of the Wine Institute of New Zealand and the very successful organizer of their annual New Zealand Wine Fair. He is a very knowledgeable and entertaining speaker. He can tell us about the NZ wine regions and subregions, the wine industry, its challenges and trends. He has recently started hs own winery in the Creemore district
2) Charles Jewett , owner of Trilogy Wine Merchants, will discuss the French connection

THE WINES

CHILE:

MONTES OUTER LIMITS SAUVIGNON BLANC 2013

A powerful wine, with pungent aromas extracted from the skin for some seven months contact, with a mineral feeling, akin to a Sancerre, serious and austere, with gooseberries, tomato leaves, ending again mineral and saline.


SAN PEDRO 1865 SINGLE VINEYARD SAUVIGNON BLANC 2013

cream and spice. An engaging wine, very refreshing and fruity, offering hints of richness.


CALIFORNIA:

ROBERT MONDAVI FUMÉ BLANC 2013

A complex and foodfriendly wine made with 10% Semillon to add richness, and 60% of the wine is barrel fermented.


CLIFF LEDE NAPA VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC 2012

Enticing aromas of white peach, cantaloupe, and orange blossom are complemented by bright, citrus notes of lemon curd and zest. Tropical flavours of pineapple and carambola introduce a rich and concentrated palate that finishes with persistent minerality.


NIAGARA:

ANDREW PELLER SIGNATURE SERIES SAUVIGNON BLANC 2012

A mediumbodied wine with a slightly rich, creamy mouthfeel and just enough acidity on the finish to refresh. Flavours of tropical fruit, citrus and herbs unfold on the palate and the finish leaves lingering notes of green apple, yeast, oak, gooseberry and grass.


SOUTH AFRICA

BAYTEN SAUVIGNON BLANC 2012 Constantia

Fresh grass and lemon citrus aromas. Lovely expression of Sauvignon Blanc delivered with substantial density and length to the flavours.


CAPE POINT SAUVIGNON BLANC 2010 Cape Point

Elegant with lovely fruit purity, has a dash of Semillon. Greenpepper & fig flavours crisply balanced, with the lightest brush of oak.


AND MORE...

Come and learn about the differences, similarities, and explore the world . It promises to be a very interesting evening. We hope to broaden your knowledge of this great wine.

A tasting plate will be served.


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

When:

 6:30 pm, Tuesday, April 14th

Where:

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

Price:

$60 Members
$70 Guests
Nonmembers who join the club at the event will receive a credit of $10.

This event has a capacity limit.

Your cancellation must be received by Friday, April 10th. Your booking or cancellation will be acknowledged.

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:

    TASTINGS
  • 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


  • DINNERS
  • Humber College Gourmet Dinner (Joint event with the Body and Soul of Portugal Wine Society)
  • Lammershoek Dinner
  • Christmas Dinner
  • Braii - Annual BBQ


Event Photo Wine Glass

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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