Hi, I'm Veronique Raskin and I am the founder & CEO of The Organic Wine Company. My blog is mostly about organic wine & self-development, as well as anything else that interests and inspires me!
When making the Buenas Ondas red wines, 30% of the wine is treated with French oak staves, middle toast, during fermentation. Another 30% is treated with micro-oxygenation for 40 days.
This wine is the foundation of the Organic Wine Company. It has consistently been in our top five selling wines for 35 years! The 2011 vintage is a worthy successor of its predecessors.
Veronique’s family started growing grapes in the south of France in the late 1700’s. Grapes led to wine, and their 50 acre family estate, Chateau Bousquette, in the South of France, became a working winery soon thereafter. Still, it wasn’t until 1993 that Veronique’s brother and Bousquette’s winemaker, decided to bottle a wine in honor of Veronique’s pioneering efforts to promote organically grown wine in the United States.
“Bousquette” (pronounced boo-sket) in French means thicket or grove. The word aptly describes the property: a simple family estate nestled in pine trees, lavender and thyme, overlooking miles of vineyards stretching all the way to the foot of the volcanic mountains, the Cevennes.
The vineyards are moderated by the cooling breezes from the sea, giving the grapes a long, even growing season. The result is Chateau Veronique, a dry, medium-bodied wine with a jammy fruit character of cherry, plum and blackberry complemented by aromas of straw and oak.
The Viognier white grape is native to the northern Rhone Valley and most famous in the Condrieu appellation. It has strong peach, citrus and floral aromas that delight the senses and a smooth dry finish. Canorgue’s Viognier grapes are hand picked using strict selection. The wine is fermented and aged “sur lie” on the yeasts, for full aroma and flavors. It is wonderful as an aperitif or accompaniment to light foods.