Carmen’s Top of the Bridge Launches “Wines of Passion: The Best of South America” Tastings & Tapas

Wine lovers and connoisseurs, as well as Bridge Hotel guests are invited to indulge and delight in the new “Wines of Passion: Best of South America” Tastings & Tapas Thursdays Series and Wine Dinners presented by Carmen’s At The Top of the Bridge on selected evenings throughout the summer from May to August.

Online PR News – 05-May-2011 – – Wine lovers and connoisseurs, as well as Bridge Hotel guests are invited to indulge and delight in the new “Wines of Passion: Best of South America” Tastings & Tapas Thursdays Series and Wine Dinners presented by Carmen’s At The Top of the Bridge on selected evenings throughout the summer from May to August. Set amidst the sweeping penthouse-level panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway from Carmen’s, the special wine and tapas experience is hosted by Frank Reider, a respected wine connoisseur and author of the book “Wines of Passion: The Best of South America”. The twice-a-month Tastings & Tapas series and once-a-month summer wine dinners feature selections from premier collections of highly-rated South American wines coupled with signature culinary fare served up by Carmen’s Executive Chef Dudley Rich.

At each tasting event, starting May 12th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., guests will sample two white wines selected from Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Torrontes and two red wines selected from Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Carmenere, with the selection varying throughout the series. For those that would like to stay for dinner, a special 20% discount will be applied to the entire bill. Subsequent “Wines of Passion” Tastings & Tapas Thursdays are scheduled for May 26th, June 9th, June 26th, July 7th, July 21st, and two dates yet to be determined in August.

Guests who want to savor Carmen’s signature dinners coupled selections of South American wines as they dance the night away to live music, will want to make reservations for the “Wines of Passion” Dinners on May 19th, June 16th, July 14th and a Thursday date yet to be determined in August.

The first “pairings” event on Thursday, May 19th will showcase Casa Silva wines from Chile that have been rated 90 or better by Robert Parker, leading U.S. wine critic with an international reach coupled with Chef Dudley Rich’s renowned cuisine. Menu starts with a salad: Belgian Endive, Cranberry, White Stilton Cheese, Toasted Walnut, Raspberry Vinaigrette paired with Casa Silva Chardonnay Reserva, 2009; appetizer: Citrus Glazed Sea Bass with shaved Fennel paired with Casa Silva Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 ; intermezzo of Lemon Champagne Sorbet; entrée: Sliced New York Strip Steak, Fingerling Potatoes, Asparagus, Wine Sauce paired with Casa Silva, Carmenere, 2009, and dessert: The Ultimate Berry Trifle and Chocolate Mousse paired with Casa Silva, Micro Terroir, 2005. The Wines of Passion” Dinner on June 16th will feature “pairings” of Argentinan wines from Septima, a subsidiary of the Codorniu group, which is Spain’s largest wine company. Septima’s Gran Reserva was rated 90 by Parker, its Malbec 89.
Carmen’s Top of the Bridge is located at the penthouse level of the Bridge Hotel, 999 Camino Real in Boca Raton. For reservations and more information about the “Wines of Passion” Series, call (561) 886-4570 or visit

Guests can extend their enjoyment by taking advantage of the great summer rates at The Bridge Hotel. To book guest room reservations at this dog-friendly, all-balcony waterfront boutique hotel located less than a mile from Boca’s pristine beaches and vibrant Downtown Boca , call (561) 368-9500 or toll-free (866) 909-2622, or visit The hotel is located at 999 East Camino Real in Boca Raton.

Restaurateur and author Frank Reider first experimented with wines at his friends’ wine dinners in Rio de Janeiro. This led to a passion for Bordeaux classics. Soon his five-star hotels in Brazil possessed some of the best wine cartes in the country. While in Brazil, Frank was head of corporate lending for Chase Manhattan Bank and started the first glossy tourism magazine in the country, The Brazil Visitor and its predecessor The Rio Visitor.

Since 1997 Frank has lived in southern Florida, where in 2006 he opened his highly-rated GOL! The Taste of Brazil, a Churrascaria (Brazilian-style steak house) in Delray Beach. His wine list has won numerous awards, including Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence during all 4 years of operation.

Working with representatives from wine distributors, Frank began to taste South American wines and found many gems, leading to a growing admiration for the talent, dedication, and passion of South American winemakers. He believes they have carved out a place for themselves in the world market by investing in education and creating great quality wines at affordable prices-- factors which seduced even traditional European wine houses to invest in the wines of Chile and Argentina for their optimal hang time and the countrys’ terroir; the perfect setting for talented wine makers to showcase their creativity by developing subtle and complex wines. Frank transformed his knowledge of Chilean and Argentinean wines in to a book, Wines of Passion: The Best of South America available at

Wines of Passion: The Best of South America, a book by restaurateur and connoisseur Frank Reider is the first of its kind: A concise, comprehensive and approachable guide to the wines of Argentina and Chile, complete with tasting notes and labels. The author succinctly takes you through his journey with wine, how his palate developed and matured with the process of crafting the wine list for his restaurant Gol! A Taste of Brasil—where he first tasted the wines of South America. He explores the Wines of Passion of Chile and Argentina elegantly, with enthusiasm and humor, making the book ideal for the beginner, those simply interested in finding beautiful wines at an affordable price, and the connoisseur. It is without question a must-read for anyone interested in the wine regions of South America.

Frank’s admiration for South American wine makers’ originality, passion and success entices readers to taste for themselves and compare notes with the author. Wines of Passion: The Best of South America, includes ratings and prices for over 400 wines, chapters on wine tourism travels, and emphasis on the best wine buys for each taste and pocketbook.