Monday, December 07, 2009


I've read a lot about Bouke and was intrigued by the stories I had heard about the wine. But one needs to experience Bouke' before they understand the experience. Luckily, at Uncork New York, Sip, Savor, & Shop at City Winery I met Lisa Donneson, owner of Bouke'.

Lisa Donneson founded Bouké™ in 2007 to satisfy the tastes of an emerging generation of American wine drinkers who share her belief that wine should be an everyday pleasure for the senses.

A Long Island native, it was natural for her to be inspired by the unique potential of this up-and-coming wine region in defining Bouké’s offerings.

Lisa oversees every aspect of her company’s day-to-day operations. She brings to this venture the perspectives of both an artist and an entrepreneur: trained originally as a musician, she honed her business skills as a securities analyst and media industry consultant before earning the coveted Diploma from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust.

Lisa lives in Brooklyn with her husband (they met as students in Italy; on one of their first outings, they went grape-picking in the Tuscan Hills) and two teenage daughters.

Gilles Martin joins Lisa Donneson as Bouké’s™ consulting winemaker. His worldwide career as a master blender equips him ideally to reveal the intense aromas, rich colors, and lively flavors that are the essence of the terroir of Long Island’s North Fork. Gilles grew up in Meaux, near Paris, and has been a consultant winemaker from France to Germany, Australia, Virginia, and California. Highlights of his career include the creation of award-winning premium red, white, sparkling, and dessert wines for Roederer in California, Delas-Frères in the Rhône Valley, and Long Island’s Martha Clara, Macari, and Sherwood House Vineyards.

The results are amazing. The wines smell incredible. And the experience is unique. A really interesting and fabulous idea. I particularly liked the white. The White Table Wine had an exotic nose filled with sweet notes of green apple, apricot, and lemon. The finish on the wine was very grapefruit-y. An excellent, excellent white.
The Rose' was very strawberry. Very tasty.
Lisa and Giles have pulled off something very different and very exciting. Really wonderful smelling wines. Incredible.