It has come up in conversation – many times – as one of our most extraordinary experiences in France. It is certainly hard to describe and after chatting about this place, I generally feel like I left out the real story. This is because Grussian, a commune in the southern French Aude department, is experiential.
Near the gorgeous cultural city of Narbonne, Gruissan sits on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, necklaced by salt lakes (etangs) where sea salt is harvested. Les Sels de Grussian are nurtured in a algae-rich environment that increases the salinity of the water to a level higher than that of sea water. For generations, local people have raked and harvested the salt from this environment. The salt is available for sale in many forms and it also served in a set of eateries located with a view of the pink lakes.
I had a gorgeous lunch at La Terrace du Salin where we enjoyed super-fresh shrimp, crisp veg, tapenade and a charcuterie plate paired a bottle of Languedoc rosé. The combination was so magical, so sensually harmonious, I share the outing through a photo tour:
Discover Gruissan and the South of France
During our time in the Languedoc, we stayed with Jodi at La Tour du Chateau located in Ventanac-en-Minervois on the Canal du Midi. We tooled around with Jodi visiting wineries, restaurants, caves and other sites including Gruissan. For a custom culinary or wine trip in the Languedoc (now known as Occitanie) contact Jodi for great hospitality and style. We felt instantly at home in her luxury accommodations, welcomed by her two pups. It is the first time that my husband and I ever had any sort of guide on our trips in Europe and Jodi undoubtedly showed us spots that we might not have discovered on our own…Gruissan in particular.
Wine Pairing Weekend
The theme for our August Wine Pairing Weekend Chat is Rosé and… Wine Pairing Weekend is a group of writers who gather together once a month to create food and wine pairings around a theme. David Crowley started the group in June 2014 and it’s been going strong ever since.
Join in the fun! Even if you don’t have a blog, there is still time to go out and grab yourself a bottle of Rosé and make a meal. Even without the wine and food,you can still join the chat on Saturday, July 12 at 8am PST by following #winePW with the following stories:
Martin of ENOFLYZwineblog recommends Two Easy Summer Meals And Two California Rosés.
Lauren of The Swirling Dervish declares it is Dinner Time and Wine: Three Pairings for Sparkling Rosé.
Here at L’Occasion we indulge in Rosé and Sea Salt.
Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla will be posting about Kobza Rosé with a Summery Grilled Haloumi Salad.
Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm shares her story, I heard an Angel Whispering in my ear.
Gwendolyn of WinePredator proclaims Hooray for Central Coast Rose for #WinePW.
David of Cooking Chat is pairing Mediterranean Grilled Chicken with a Bandol Rosé.
Ellen of Family Around the Table will make us all drool with her Brown Sugar Pecan Maple Baked Brie.
Lori of Dracaena Wines will be pairing Rosé Thai Grilled Pizza.
Cindy of Grape Experiences is knows the KISS rule and will Pair Rosé with…(Keep it Simple)
Nancy from Pull That Cork will be Grazing, Rosé in Hand.
Jane of Always Ravenous will be discussing A Season of Rosé Paired with Mediterranean Flavors.
What Is Rosé?
For more on rosé (a topic I’ve covered extensively here) see my past posts: