Upcoming Events 2017
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Thursday, February 23rd
War Of The Wines @ Columbus Centre
Past Events 2014-2016
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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 15
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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Thursday, February 23rd

War Of Wines
Columbus Centre
Reception: 6:30pm
Wine Tasting: 7:00pm

The war of the wines is on. The battle lines are drawn. Italy vs South Africa. One night only. Thursday, February 23, 2017.

Amici dell’Enotria and the South African Wine Society have combined forces to bring you a head to head competition of their respective high-end wines. You alone will be the judge of which gave you the most pleasure.

Everyone who gets into wine eventually feels an itch to drink a truly great bottle. Is there a big price difference between a modestly priced shiraz and an expensive Barolo. With that in mind, here are some truly great wines that are all less than $100—not cheap by any means, but at least in the realm of special occasion.

The wines will be served blind and in random order. Your palate, not your wallet or your heritage, will determine your preference. Oh the horror if your preference is the Italian wine. Will you rush out to add it to your cellar?

Once the scores are in, we will have a buffet dinner that is intended to tantalize taste buds. A little more wine will be available with the dinner and dessert. Please join us for an event that promises to be great fun.



Assorted Italian deli meats; grilled zucchini, eggplant and peppers; green and black olives; crostini with assorted toppings - olive tapenade, sundried tomato puree, artichoke; oven roasted Italian sausage with lentils; pizza squares; foccaccia bread; marinated mushrooms.

Buffet dinner:

Salad of mixed lettuces with balsamic vinaigrette; green bean salad with cherry tomato and red onions; penne with tomato sauce; cheese filled manicotti with cream sauce; roast braised veal au jus; grilled chicken breast with mushroom sauce.



Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2006($45.95)
Deftly balanced, rich, dark-coloured with rich plum and pretty floral, fruity aromatics. Luscious tannins which call one back into the glass with a finish very appealing on the polished after taste.

Hartenberg Merlot 2004($34.65)
Supple and fleshy, its medley of flavours suggesting violets, coffee, chocolate, even smoked bacon, make it a master with food.

Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon 1999($39.83)
Dark, almost opaque with no sign of browning. The nose is complex, showing blackcurrants, spice, ripe plums and attractive wood flavours. The wine is full, but with soft, ripe tannins leading to a lingering aftertaste.


Barolo Docg Marcenasco 2007($49.75)
Nebbiolo. Always more on the elegant and feminine side of Barolo, occasionally a little high-toned (volatile, like this example), but well within the bounds of acceptability. The 2007 shows an extra measure of depth and concentration, with firm, abundant but ripe tannins and exceptional perfumed length. A really lovely wine that could use another 3-5 years to reach its peak.

Rocca di Frassinello 'Le Sughere di Frassinello 2010($29.75)
50% sangiovese with equal parts cabernet sauvignon and merlot. This is polished and classy, with fine complexity and spiciness, not to mention structure and grip, and superior length and depth. This is fine stuff, better in 2-4 years.

Fattoria Carpineta Fontalpino Do Ut Des  2011($37.95)
A rich, savoury, earthy, orange peel tinged blend of considerable complexity and depth. A blend of equal parts sangiovese, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. Dark and smoky fruit profile, abundant spice, integrated barrel influence and the clear concentration and density. A very solid wine all in all, enjoyable now, but even better after another 2-4 years.

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


 Thursday, February 23rd, Reception: 6:30pm, Dinner at 7:300 pm


Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Ave W (3 bus stops west of Dufferin)


$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 Friday, February 17th. 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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