Women in Wine: Celebrating New York With The Yankee Parade and Lisa Donneson’s Bouke Wines

Today was a big day in New York City as hundreds of thousands of people welcomed the Yankees in a ticker tape parade in lower Manhattan. The celebration of the 27th World Series for Gotham city couldn’t come at a better time. Fans of all ages, colors and sizes came out to celebrate and getting around the city was just crazy. Thinking about how to celebrate the Yankee win, I thought it would be appropriate to drink wines made from New York. My nephew is a huge Yankee fan and while I am actually a Mets girl…I still celebrate the victory of a New York team, especially one that makes my 7 year old nephew Lukas so happy.

Bouke is a owned by Lisa Donneson, a Long Island native and a wine expert. She has her Diploma from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and launched her line of wines a few years ago. Her fruit all comes from Long Island and she is looking to create wines with a real sense of terroir. She makes her wines together with Frenchman Gilles Martin. Martin is the consultant to a variety of wineries on Long Island.

Donneson makes four wines at the moment, all blends of grapes, largely from France. She makes a Bouke red which is a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah, and Merlot. This 2007 is elegant with intense flavors of black currant, black cherry and some herbal notes. It is quite round and velvety on the palate and has a long finish. I was truly surprised by this wine when I tasted it. It was much more integrated and balanced than many of the Long Island wines I have tried. Each of the grape varieties was made into a wine separately before blending.

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In order to bring out the fruit in the wine, it went through a five day cold soak at 50%-55%. A mix of wood was also used for aging, some French and some Hungarian as well as some stainless steel. This wine pairs well with steak or short ribs.

Donneson also has a white wine made from a blend of Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer. She also has made a rose of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot as well as a dessert wine. The dessert wine is the first in a series of wines which will have a different label: Bouquet. This vin doux naturel was made with a blend of Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay. Donneson’s wines can be found throughout Long Island and the New York City including Brooklyn and Queens. She is doing a variety of promotional activities to drive interest in the product including one this weekend at the Grape Exchange.

Donneson’s passion for her wines and Long Island was evident in a phone interview we did a few months ago. I’m happy to see she’s really taking off and I look forward to trying her new wines as well.

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