Upcoming Events 2017
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Tuesday, April 18th
De Toren Dinner @ Globe Bistro
Past Events 2014-2017
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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 @ 8 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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Tuesday, April 18th

De Toren Dinner
Globe Bistro
Reception: 6:30pm
Dinner: 7:00pm

Top of the line 4.5 & 5* wines in a “once in a lifetime” vertical tasting of eight vintages of De Toren Fusion.

De Toren is a boutique operation established by Emil and Sonette Den Dulk in 1994. The site for the vineyard has breathtaking vistas extending from Table Mountain in the West, Cape Point in the South, False Bay, Hang Klip and ends with Helderberg and Stellenbosch Mountains in the East.

The 1999 De Toren Fusion V vintage (its first) received a gold medal from the IWSC competition and 90 points by both Parker and Wine Spectator. Later vintages have continued to build upon that reputation, gathering numerous accolades and several vintages have achieved 5-star status by Decanter and John Platter.

The iconic Left Bank-based blend from De Toren, Fusion V, is meticulously crafted from Bordeaux’s ‘Noble Five’ varietals (cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot, merlot, and malbec) delivering complex flavours of liquorice, black cherry, cedar and dark berries.

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. Our De Toren wines have been selected to highlight notes of flavour in the dishes.

Come and experience our matching of De Toren Fusion V vintages with the culinary mastery of Dan Sanders.


Amuse Bouche


Game Bird Broth. Cinnamon cap mushrooms, squash dumplings, winter spice


Roast Pork. Curried carrot puree, macadamia nuts, spiced date puree


Beet Root. Ostrich tataki, braised leeks, Saskatoon berry preserve, corn chips, chervil


Lamb. Seared loin, braised leg stew, root vegetables, maize, beans, puffed rice


Comfort Cream Cheese. Toasted almonds, fruit compote

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


 Tuesday, April 18. Reception 6:30 pm; Dinner 7:00


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 Wednesday, April 12th. 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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