Monday, December 27, 2010

GOL is still celebrating its 4th Anniversary!

We are still celebrating

Malbec and Chardonnay from
Argentina at 50% off for
our VIP List members.

And to welcome the New Year Year,
this promotion is also valid on
Saturday Jan 1
561 - 272 6565

All wines are by the bottle.
Valid Sun-Thu for the rest of December and all of January. Cannot be combined with other offers.

Chase Alumni Reunion at GOL!

Chase will have another Florida reunion at a wine-tasting dinner on Friday, January 28, 2011 at 6:30pm, at Frank Reider's GOL! Taste of Brazil restaurant in Delray Beach. The cost is $34.50 per person for dinner with wines (plus tax and tip), with the bill to be paid at the restaurant. Please register online, however, so we know how many to expect.  This is for members and non-members alike, and guests are invited.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Receive a $25 credit on your statement when you spend $25 or more at GOL

Receive a $25 credit on your statement when you spend $25 or more at GOL one of the following ways:

1 - Eat at GOL! ANY DAY - NOT JUST SATURDAY - between now and the end of the year and pay with an AmEx card you have registered for SMALL BUSINESS;
2 -
Go to golthetasteofbrazil and buy a gift card to GOL! and pay with your AMEX card that you have registered for the SMALL BUSINESS;
3 - Go to golthetasteofbrazil and buy the book  WINES OF PASSION: THE BEST OF SOUTH AMERICA at full price (free shipping or pick up at GOL!) with your AMEX CARD.

Click below to register your card:
American Express Small Business
Now Thru 12/31

Make your Reservation:
561 - 272 6565

Friday, December 17, 2010

Le Bistro Wine Tasting 12/15/10

Our wine dinner at Le Bistro was COMPLETELY SOLD OUT and a total success!!

The stars of the evening were 5 fabulous wines from Emiliana winery of Chile.  Grown organically, Emiliana has a slate of wonderful, reasonably priced wines that the diners at the packed restaurant unanimously adored.

The 5 course dinner was made up of delicious organic food dishes prepared by Chef Andy Devlin.  

$39 per person includes 5-course meal and wine.
Tip and tax are not included.
The courses and wine pairings were:

---------- FIRST COURSE ----------

California Goat Cheese & Broken Walnut Layered Roulade, Organic Pickled Vegetables & White Truffle Oil Crostini.

Emiliana Natura Chardonnay 2009
"Smooth, light, tropical, floral hints."

---------- SECOND COURSE ----------

Grilled Roast Red Pepper and Hearts of Palm,
Chicken Mousseline Layered Terrine.

Emiliana Natura Sauvignon Blanc 2009
"Terrific citrus highlights, flower notes, long finish."

---------- THIRD COURSE ----------

Grass Fed Beef Bourguignon and Organic Mushroom En Croute.

Emiliana Natura Cabernet Sauvignon
"Big, red berry with a languishing taste on the tongue."

---------- FOURTH COURSE ----------

Confit of Wild Duck, Smoked Sausage, Organic Winter Squash,
Cranberry Orange Jam.

Emiliana Natura Carmenere

"The best organic wine, bold and smooth; great complexity."

---------- DESSERT ----------

Rocky Road Swiss Chocolate Parfait, Pecan Brittle and
Organic Coffee Caramel Sauce.

Novas Cabertnet Sauvignon / Carmenere
"Complex berry layers with minerals and spices.
Elegant and long in the finish."

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wines Tasting and Dinner at GOL!

We are proud to offer the outstanding wines from Bodega Septima, this boutique Argentinian winery to accompany our four-course dinner for only $49 per person.

November 12th 6:30pm-9pm

----------- FIRST COURSE ----------

Calamari Salad


Caesar Salad

"Mild breeze of citrus and pear, soft and delicious. Very smooth, elegant"

---------- SECOND COURSE ----------

Carpaccio of Filet Mignon with Fresh Arugula and Parmigiano-Reggiano
Cabernet Sauvignon
"Full, well structured. Layers of red berries. Long, very pleasing."

---------- THIRD COURSE ----------

Sliced Sirloin Steak (Picanha) served with Brazilian style rice and beans or yucca.
"Round, firm, smooth. Rewarding, delicious."

---------- DESSERT ----------

Brazilian Flan
Gran Reserva
"Complex berry flavors with minerals and spices. Smooth, persistent, delicious."

Monday, June 28, 2010

I will be speaking at ZACHY'S in Scarsdale and signing books at their South American wine tasting on July,24 from noon to 6 pm. They have an excellent website

Wine Tasting Dates From Chase Alumni Association

Online registration is now open for the CAA wine tasting dinner in New York City on Thursday, July 22, 2010 featuring acclaimed chef Richard Sandoval's Zengo, which features Latin-Asian fusion cuisine. The evening's South American wines, of course, are being chosen by CAA member Frank Reider, who will discuss them at the dinner.

The all-inclusive price for wines, appetizer, salad and entree, with tax and gratuity included, is $80. (The entree will be steak; if you would prefer fish, please indicate this when you register, on the credit card information page under "special instructions".)

In order for us to give a guarantee to the restaurant, we ask that you register and later than Julpre-pay for the dinner no later than July 13th. You must be a CAA member to participate. Each member is allowed to bring one guest.

You can also reserve and pre-pay for a copy of Frank's book, Wines of Passion: the Best of South America -- A Connoisseur's Guide to the Wines of Argentina and Chile. Normally selling for $29.95, dinner guests may pre-purchase it for $24. Please note that this is only an offer for people who will attend the July 22nd dinner and pick up the book there, where Frank will be happy to sign it for you. Anyone wishing to have the book shipped should visit Frank's Web site: www.golthetasteofbrazil or

We hope to see you at 6:30 pm on July 22nd at Zengo, 622 Third Avenue at 40th Street.

The Board of Directors of the Chase Alumni Association

Thursday, June 24, 2010

"South Florida Live" Segment

Check out the great wine discussion we had when I was featured on South Florida Live.

Click the link below (or use the youtube link on the menu bar to the right).


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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 Brazil-- 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.

Wines of Passion is available at (by clicking the link on the right where it says BUY THE BOOK) for $29.99, plus shipping and handling.

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Authorhouse (January 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449064280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449064280

This book is also available online at

Monday, June 21, 2010

Frank Reider, author of Wines of Passion: The Best of South America and owner of GOL! The Taste of Brazil, will be interviewed talking about the great wines of the region and explaining how to best drink them and with which foods they should be paired. Check out the particular characteristics of Latin American wines and how to shop for one.

WSFL TV - The Morning Show
June 23rd at 7:50am

Comcast Channel 14 (Palm Beach)

Comcast Channel 11 (Broward and Dade)
Also Channel 39 on regular broadcasting

WSFL-TV (SFL) is Miami-Fort Lauderdale's network, programming a strong schedule of entertainment, local news, and public affairs programming. WSFL-TV's signal reaches 1,536,020 South Florida television households representing more than 4 million people. The Station reaches 1,061,114 cable households in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties, also extending into 196,500 West Palm Beach cable households.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A single guy's romantic dinner made at home in 30 minutes

Here is a high quality, gourmet meal paired with sexy wines that anyone can make in a half-hour. It is delicious, healthy and original. Prepared by Franklin Reider, author of “Wines of Passion: The Best of South America.”

Most of the plates can be found daily at his restaurant , Gol! The Taste of Brazil, located in Delray Beach, Florida

To contact Frank, please call Charlotte Tomic, 917-882-5243


Open two bottles of wine:



The first is a delicious, multi-layered dry white, very complex citrus laced wine from Northern Argentina; very sexy and whose unusual taste will promote conversation. It’s very unlikely to be recognized by your date that will demonstrate your erudition and knowledge of good wines.

Second course features a medium-bodied very subtle red wine whose vines are cooled by the winds of the Pacific Ocean. It is not a big grape bomb and complements all food. Again, it will present a somewhat complex taste that does not overwhelm and does promote discussion.

Your date will admire the creativity of the wine selection and will be surprised at how wonderful and original the wines are.

The table should be served with 2 wine glasses per person and served simultaneously as both wines go with each dish and present another conversation point as to which goes better with each dish.

Now for the food:

The first dish:

In a pre-heated oven of 350-degrees, put some 25 Little Neck clams ,preferably from Cape Cod, for 5-7 minutes. Add nothing!

Remove and place in a bowl retaining the juices. Discard any clams that are closed.

Use a large serving spoon to serve on dinner plates. Use small forks or seafood forks to remove clams from their shells individually at the table. Warm French bread (baguette) for dipping is optional. Drink with a glass of Torrontes. Repeat at will.

2nd dish: May be served together with clams and eaten with or after clams according to taste. Slice mozzarella cheese with thinly sliced red tomatoes, 3 slices of each alternating the cheese with tomatoes. Cover generously with Balsamic vinegar from Modena and first-pressed Olive Oil from Tuscany. This plate should be prepared prior to the arrival of the guest and served on the table before serving the clams.

3rd dish: Main course: Before meal for each diner, place a filet of Dover Sole in a flat pan covered with aluminum foil splashed with olive oil (Virgin, of course.) Sprinkle with a touch of lemon juice and significant olive oil, some basil flakes and sprigs of parsley. Pine nuts are optional. Leave at room temperature while other activities go on. When other plates are finished, place pan in the previously used oven for about 5 minutes or until you can softly life the white fish layer with a fork. Serve on individual plates. (The author does not use salt or pepper for cooking, allowing the natural flavor of the sole to come out, complemented by the lemon and herbs. If this is too subtle for some palates, salt and or pepper may be added.

Continue with Torrontes or try with Pinot Noir, a red wine ideal for fish.

savor the wines during and after the meal. when ready, proceed to dessert.

desssert: Papaya crème

Before meal, take a medium sized juicy papaya, preferably from Brazil and scoop out fruit, removing seeds/pits first. Leave in a plate in the refrigerator. Prior to the guest arriving, mix ina blender three scoops of Hagen Dazs vanilla ice cream and the papaya. Divide in two and place in 2 flat champagne glasses and leave in refrigerator only removing when ready to eat after dinner. (As an alternative, if lactose intolerance exists, use coconut lactate free ice cream or as a last resort, Greek yogurt.) Adding cassis liqueur on top of the papaya crème is an added touch.

Conclusion: This is a very sophisticated, easy to prepare, low-calorie, low-fat and low-cost meal, accompanied by outstanding wines, original and low-priced delicious wines. Clams and papaya are aphrodisiacs in some cultures and could be in yours as well. Who knows?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

March 26, 2010 - Chase Alumni luncheon at Gol!

View this Article to see how the event went:

Terrazas, the Argentine subsidiary of Cheval Blanc, will be tasting its principals wines including 2 fabulous Malbecs and the brilliant White Torrontes; cost only $25 including lunch and wine. Starting at Noon. It will be a wonderful affair with Terrazas' representative speaking as well as myself. See attached details.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Wine & Healthy Living

Since the Iranians invented wine over 4,000 years ago, men have been encouraging their dates and wives to drink wine. Never has more been written about wine than in the last 20 years. More books have been written in that time period than in the previous 4000 years together.

Scientists have also been very active in testing wine's effects on health. Many studies have shown that wine, especially red wine, has a healthy impact on cardiological issues.
Now, a new study has been released showing that women who moderately consume wine regularly, again particularly red wine, gain less weight as they age, than women who do not drink wine. This discovery, in my opinion, is some of the best news since Eve bit into her apple. Attached please read an article from Wine Spectator on line.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Earthquake in Chile

In the early morning of February 27th the most powerful earthquake of our lifetimes hit the wonderful country of Chile. Chile is a very advanced, first world country that for decades has had severe requirements for construction that prevented a more tragic result. However, as we have all seen, there was great destruction in certain parts of Southern Chile due to the massive strength of the earthquake.

Our friend, Liz Caskey, leading gourmet food and wine writer, has written us about these events and we pass them along to our readers exactly as she has related her on-site view of what has transpired.

Dear Frank,

As a follow up to our initial contact post earthquake, my intent in writing is to request your collaboration and support in spreading the word about the reconstruction efforts in Chile after the recent earthquake--and specifically how we, as local Chilean business, are taking an active role. Would you be willing to put this up on your blog and spread the word with other media outlets or partners? Creating community is vital to aid Chile in moving forward after such an enormous blow and starts with sharing accurate information with your readers and followers, not just the images on the news of death and destruction. This will positively help Chile, its people, businesses, economy to overcome this huge challenge that lays before all of us. Chile is an amazing place and an earthquake did not change this!

To reiterate details and next steps...on Saturday morning at 3:34am local time, February 27th, 2010, one of the largest recorded earthquakes in modern history hit central Chile, 8.8 on the Richter Scale. It was felt from the coastal city of Viña del Mar/Valparaíso to the capital of Santiago (my home), and through all the wine valleys south. Particularly hard hit were the areas of the Maule with the city of Talca, Concepción, in addition to a huge tsunami which impacted the coast resulting in the death of hundreds of vacation-goers.

Now 5 days from Saturday's devastating events, things in Santiago are thankfully normal, as in much of the country. Given Chile's long geography, the majority of the country is functioning perfectly normal with the exception of the affected areas within 100 miles of the Concepción area and the coastline hit by the tsunami. While the news images continue to show looting, please know that the military, Red Cross, and many volunteers have already arrived with food, water, and aid. Electricity and communications are being restored as we speak to these areas. This Friday, there is a huge drive, Teletón, raise millions of dollars to provide temporary housing for every family who lost their home. There is a sense of real solidarity here. The of light of hope has appeared for these people. The next huge step is reconstruction.

The wine industry here did suffer some serious losses of inventory and damage to facilities, mostly in the regions of the Maule, Curicó, and some areas of Colchagua. Others escaped completely unscraped. I will be posting on my blog later this week with a full update. It is a complex situation since harvest is due to start any day and vintners trying to manage where they will make the 2010 vintage in some cases.

Here is how you can directly contribute to the rebuilding efforts in Chile. Beyond the Red Cross, which is for aiding relief efforts, our business, Liz Caskey Culinary & Wine Experiences, suggest these three ways.

1. Travel to Chile
If you have traveled to Chile, have a trip scheduled here, or know people that do, please encourage friends, family, and colleagues to still come. Refer them to my blog, where I directly addressed this issue yesterday. The images the media is "exporting" and messages the US State Department issuing are harmful for the country in the long term and can impact its tourism. The information they are providing is simply not accurate since many people do not understand the country's geography and where the quake is contained. They stick all of Chile in the disaster boat and this is completely false. Chile is operative and normal in ALL areas minus the above-mentioned affective area. We have had clients on wine tours this week and heading to points in Patagonia with zero problems or alterations. Don't let TV paranoia ruin what makes Chile so wonderful. Help spread the word.

2. Support Local Business & Eat Wine Santiago Guides
We have started a direct initiative to support a local non-profit foundation with a school and organic farm we visit with our tours to channel funds to families affected by the quake both locally and in the south. We are donating a significant portion of the proceeds from our Eat Wine Santiago guide, a food & drink e-guide to the capital. You can purchase at Please help our efforts by purchasing this e-guide. Ask your family and friends to help too. Even if you/they don't plan on coming to Santiago, Eat Wine Santiago includes a great wine list, insight into Chile's food/wine culture, will directly contribute to reconstruction efforts in Chile, and seriously, costs less than a dinner for one or a bottle of decent wine. We also will be offering free updates for the first two editions for friends, family, and colleagues who may have Chile on the horizon in the future. Click here for more information.

3. Buy Chilean
Now more than ever, please buy Chilean. Organize a "Support Chile" dinner party or wine tasting. Accompany with classic dishes likeCazuela, Savory Chicken stew, ceviche, or Ensalada Chilena, Chilean tomato salad. You can find recipes on my blog. Serve Chilean wines from Sauvignon Blanc to Carmenere which you can find throughout the US/Canada easily. Incorporate Chilean ingredients like fresh fruit (blueberries, peaches, and grapes at this time of year). At Wholefoods and gourmet grocers you can find Olave olive oil and the piquant smoked chili spice, Merkén.

The Chilean people are amazing. So generous, resilient, and the right attitude in response to this disaster. They want to prosper, work, and put back the pieces together. If there's one thing we have learned in life, with the right attitude, we as human beings are capable of confronting any situation and doing anything we put our mind to. As they say here, Chile se la puede. Chile can do it. We are doing it. Chile will step forward. Please consider the reconstruction directly here in Chile. You may use this letter or any text from the Eat Wine blog as you see fit to help the cause.

Please feel free to e-mail me directly at with any questions you may have. Thank you so much for your time. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you from all of us!

Take care,

Liz Caskey

Friday, February 26, 2010

February 25, 2010

The publication of WINES OF PASSION: THE BEST OF SOUTH AMERICA is now a reality and it is very exciting. It is the only in-depth analysis of the outstanding, attractively priced wines of this region and is a guide for both the novice and the expert as to what to look for in the magnificent grapes of Argentina and Chile. I have received many emails discussing Malbec and Carmenere releases and the pros and cons of the best of the region. Mostly, I have received complaints of how difficult it is to find the wines I rate highly when people want to buy them!!

This blog is dedicated to informing people about the growing popularity of South American wines and different ways to taste them. We will feature wine tastings that will be held around the country, developments with our book and our restaurant, GOL! THE TASTE OF BRAZIL, and plans for trips to Argentina and Chile to visit wineries and to enjoy Gourmet foods from South America.

I am making plans with Liz Caskey, who has a wonderful food and wine blog ( , for Culinary and Wine tours to Chile for the last quarter of this year.

There will be wine tastings and book signings, the first one being Friday, March 26 at Gol! This event is being sponsored by Chase Manhattan Bank Alumni, of which I am one, and will feature a speech by John Ward, former Chase executive and former Chairman of American Express. We will have a fabulous wine tasting and lunch for only $24.95 and the public is welcome. I will speak about the great wines of South America and we should have a lot of fun. Please make your reservation to attend. It is open to the public.

WINES OF PASSION: THE BEST OF SOUTH AMERICA can be purchased on line at the GOL! website,

The reader can also register to receive emails from GOL! about special events.

The next special event is March 18th, SAVOR THE AVENUE. This will be the largest dining room table in the history of Florida and probably the United States. The main street, Atlantic Avenue, will be closed to cars the table will stretch some 5 blocks.

Gol! will have 25% of the dinners at this event from a total of 1000. Santa Rita wines are being served and are included in the one price for the 4 course dinner. More information can be acquired from Gol’s website,, including all the menus for all 18 restaurants.

This is our first communication and we will be making regular updates. Next, there will be a report on last month’s Latin American Vinofest, with pictures and interviews galore.

Best Wishes, Frank Reider