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.
Peter F May is the founder of The Pinotage Club, an international cyberbased fan club for wines made from the pinotage varietal. Peter was awarded Honorary Membership of the producers Pinotage Association in 2004 and has been a judge at the annual Pinotage Top 10 Competition. Peter is a wine writer, educator and author. He wrote PINOTAGE: Behind the Legends of South Africa's Own Wine and Marilyn Merlot and the Naked Grape - odd wines from around the world. Both may be ordered from amazon.ca. Peter comes to us from his home in the UK.
We have gathered pinotage wines from as far afield as Australia, Israel and New Zealand, the US and Canada – and South Africa too. Twelve wines will be served for the tasting gathered over a period of six years.
This tasting has never been done before and may never be done again due to the difficulty of acquiring the wines.
Not only do you have the opportunity to taste and compare but also to hear from Peter May, a renowned industry expert based in the UK. As usual, a tasting plate will be served.
This is an event “not to be missed” and most certainly “not to be repeated”.
Swartland Bush Vine 2010 – South Africa / Swartland
Black Elephant The Back Road 2012 – South Africa / Wellington (old vine, single vineyard)
J Vineyards Estate RRV 2010 – USA / California (vines predate 1986)
Fort Ross 2007 – USA / California (root stock imported in 1995)
Melrose Vineyards 2009 – USA / Oregon
Lovingston 2011 – USA / Virginia (vineyard planted in 2008)
Lake Breeze Seven Poplars 2010 – Canada / B.C. (14 years)
Stoneboat 2010 – Canada / B.C. (12 years)
Barkan Reserve 2010 – Israel / Judean Hills (8 year vines / started planting in 1995)
Muddy Water 2011 – New Zealand / Waipara (non grafted vines, 18 years)
Soljans 2010 – New Zealand / Gisborne
Topper’s Mountain 2010 wild ferment – Australia / New England NSW (non grafted vines, 7 years)
*We will make every effort to accommodate your food allergies or special dietary needs if requested.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
* 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.
To find out more information on our events you can contact us by email at: SAWSinfo@rogers.com