Upcoming Events 2019
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Friday, December 6th
Yuletide Dinner @ Globe Bistro
Past Events 2017-2019
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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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Friday, December 6th

Yuletide Dinner
Globe Bistro
Reception: 7:00pm
Dinner: 7:30pm

Globe Bistro is inside a former theatre and bowling alley whose original floors provide the foundation for a 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.

Join us and taste the culinary mastery of Dan Sanders matched with wines selected by SAWS Cellar Master Jon Whitteker.

Added attractions
We will have a pre-dinner tasting of newly available wines from Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards. Four Uva Mira selections are now available at the Pickering LCBO specialty wine store. https://uvamira.com/legal?destination=home
And another added feature: We will renew our tradition and offer a display of South African sculpture suitable for Christmas gift-giving. Yvan Leclerc from AbantuArt will display some smaller pieces of the amazing sculptures that he imports.


Roasted Mushrooms: Variations of mushrooms, celeriac, chicken consommé, mustard greens

Ontario Shrimp: Curried cauliflower bisque, grilled Ontario shrimp, Brussels leaves

Lamb Tartar: Sunchokes, black radish, pickled onion, puffed rice

Elk Loin: Seared loin, rutabaga pavé, grilled kale, Périgord sauce

Apple Tart: Maple crème fraîche


Graham Beck Brut Zero 2011
Elegant, fresh and lively, this wine is a study in rich minerality. Fresh green apples and hints of brioche, citrus and barely perceptible iris develop on the mid-palate as the wine is left to stand. Virtually sugar free, the natural salt affinity of this zero-dosage wine makes it the ideal partner to crustacean dishes and sushi.

Newton Johnson Family Chardonnay 2013 (Hemel-En-Aarde)
This wine is the most refined chardonnay from their stable. The distinct and delicate spiciness necessitates an exacting style of oaking to partner it. The citrus fruit is gently ripe. One can expect bright, opulent characters in the wines, slightly more fruit forward than in 2012, with modest structure.

Creation Chardonnay 2016 (Hemel-En-Aarde)
Delicious and dry with lime and lemon. Some pear and citrus on palate. Lingering and fruit driven with a dry mineral finish and med oak. Well made.

Ataraxia Chardonnay 201 (Hemel-En-Aarde)
This is a stunning wine, with superb complexity and great balance between the ripe fruit characteristics and the lightly toasty, sweet spice elements. Notes of yellow melon, sweet orange, honeysuckle and almond paste are rich and satisfying, but by no means fat or overdone. It's medium in weight, with bright acidity and a pronounced minerality that lends focus and definition. The finish is fresh and vibrant, starting with crisp citrus flavors that evolve into a spiced orange-tea tone before landing on a succulent tone of cedar-grilled apple.

Fairview Cyril Back Shiraz 2000 (Paarl)
Made from a selection of the estate’s best fruit, this receives 18 months in a combination of new and used oak. Named in honor of Charles Back’s father, it shows aromas of espresso and charred meat, with the meaty note riding through the very ripe black currant, prune and cocoa flavors. Chewy finish.

Boschkloof Syrah 2001 (Stellenbosch)
Nice mix of blackberry and black currant fruit along with coffee, tobacco and mineral notes. Ripe and concentrated, but built more along its acidity than just toast or fruit, with a long sanguine-tinged finish that lets the fruit stretch out. / VERY Slight brown rim, alive, spicy, white pepper & lots of berries, great structure still !!. Well cellared, well made, great wine

Viljoensdrift River Grandeur Shiraz 2003 (Robertson)
Flavoursome, concentrated, vivid farmyard/floral notes with sweet oak and red fruit flavours. Good structure for long term aging.

Kloovenburg Shiraz 2006 (Swartland)
Classy, sophisticated bouquet of spice, light coffee, sour cherry and fennel. Pleasantly sinewy, fine acid for ripe 15% alcohol, finishes with harmony and balance.

Delheim NLH Edelspatz
Very intense (dried peaches & apricots) and ripe botrytis; some raisons and honey. Lowish alcohol (11%) and lively acidity. / Beautiful orange amber color. Chewy apricot with a drop of honey and a hint of nuts. Medium+ body. Not super sweet but oh so smooth.

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


Friday, December 6th
Reception: 7:00 pm
Dinner: 7:30pm


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 Monday - Dec 2nd, 2019. 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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