Take a whiff of Bouké

Lisa Donneson came by the restaurant Wednesday to show off the inaugural release of her wines, the 2007 Bouké white and the 2007 rose.

As the name suggests (bouquet), the aroma of the wine is emphasized and, in the two she’s showing now, is fresh and aromatic.

I bought five cases of the white and will be pouring it by the glass starting this weekend. I wish they had screwcaps.

Lisa earned her Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust in 2006. And the achievement has led her to the time-honored tradition of selling wine, which reminds me: One day is class at the International Wine Center the teacher asked what is wine about. A student with some years in the trade said, “It’s something to sell.” Everyone kind of nodded.

But it’s fun buying wine in a wine region. I said I’ll take five cases and she, the owner of the company, got in her car, drove to Cutchogue, picked the wine up at Long Island Wine Transport and 40 minutes later it was in the cooler.

Lisa made the wines from purchased grapes, with Gilles Martin, whom we last met as the winemaker for Sparkling Pointe.

The white is a blend of chardonnay, pinot gris, sauvignon blanc and gewürztraminer. I has a great nose, apple and citrus, a little bit of spice from the gewurz and it’s perfect summer by-the-glass wine. The crispness is emphasized by the low alcohol. In addition, when selling anything packaging counts, and Bouké has a slick modern look to it. It has a Frisky label.

I liked the rose a lot. It had a real earthiness on the nose, which I really like in rose because it recalls the red grapes they’re made from and not just pink white wine. But the fruit, cabernet and merlot, were really fresh and another good summer drinker.

A red is to be released in 2009.

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