Upcoming Events 2015
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Thursday, March 19
Indian Dinner
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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, February 5
The War Of The Wines @ The Columbus Centre
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Friday, December 5
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, March 19th

Something Different @ Earth Indian Restaurant

Reception @ 6:30 pm
Dinner @ 7:00pm

No food is off-limit to wines.

It is a matter of discovery matched with a series of trials and errors to find the prized combination. Asian flavours can be challenging for wine. Indian food takes it to another dimension. Indian food is associated with spices. Dishes are frequently piquant and with complex flavors and aromas. The sequence of dishes is a challenge as is the build up of spice on the palate. It's hard to match the wild and fiery flavors in the food with the delicate ones in wine. It is only experimentation that will lead to answers.

The Indian palate often wants a wine that is earthy and acidic. It adds to the spices and brings them out. The western palate tends to prefer combinations of flavour. Creamy wines coat the palate. Buttery whites combine with the flavours of Indian food quite well. How about something with residual sugar to calm down the spices?

The kinds of wines that pair with Indian food are not necessarily the ones winelovers most want to drink. Serious reds may be too tannic when they’re young . Sparkling wines pair excellently with Indian cuisine. Both rosé and sparkling wine might well be the answer we’re all looking for. How about a sparkling rosé?

Open your minds and taste buds to discover South African wines that “work” at our March "Something Different" dinner event. It promises to be tasty and interesting.


Porcupine Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2014

PEHLI PESH (Appetizers):

Veggie Samosas (Traditional pastries stuffed with spiced potatoes and green peas)

Veggie Pekoras (Fritters of fresh vegetables)

Chicken Chaat (strips of Tandoori chicken tossed in dressing)

SHORBE (Soup):

Mulligatawny Soup (Classical South Indian lentil soup - vegetarian delight)


Butter Chicken (Tender cubes of chicken simmered in light cream, tomato and fenugreek)

Lamb Roganjosh (Lamb stewed in gravy of yogurt, onions and spices)

Goanese Prawns (Lamb stewed in gravy of yogurt, onions and spices)

Dal Tarka (Lamb stewed in gravy of yogurt, onions and spices)

Paneer Tikka Masala (Lamb stewed in gravy of yogurt, onions and spices)

All served with naan and Pulao rice

KWV Cathedral Cellars Brut 2009; Newton Johnson Pinot Noir 2012; Avondale Jonty’s Ducks Pekin Red 2011


Ras Malai (cream cheese flat cake soaked in sweet milk garnished with pistachios)

De Krans White Muscadel Jerepigo 2012

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


 6:30 pm, Thursday, March 19th


Earth Indian Restaurant, 6030 Yonge Street (1½ blocks north of Cummer at Patricia Ave. From the Finch subway bus #60 (Steeles West) and bus #53 (Steeles East) go north on Yonge and stop at Patricia. Also the 97 Yonge North works. Parking at rear off Patricia.)


$55 Members
$65 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, March 13th. 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:

  • 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.

Event Photo of Man Holding Wine Glass

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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