Gironde - Food & Drink

Where to start? The area is worldly renowned for its diversity and excellent food and drink produce, its traditional flavoursome recipes, its fine cuisine, its restaurant, seafood platters and let’s not forget its grand (and little) wine! The Gironde is definitely a department privileged for its gastronomy and wine.

The base of the area’s gastronomy is mainly made of local products and products of the sea and all of the culinary delights can be combined with all the seasons. Why not come and taste a few oysters or a seafood platter? These can even be enjoyed on board a “pinasse”, a long narrow boat typical of the Bassin d’Arcachon.

As for the wine of Bordeaux, not need to detail the 57 labels… Bordeaux and its chateaux (over 3 000 of which 200 are famous), the most extensive vineyards in the world will fill you with wonder not only with their majestic and imposing architecture but also with their flavour and vintage.

On the left bank of the Gironde estuary, north of Bordeaux, the Medoc is home to around 1,500 vineyards (Pauillac, Margaux, Saint Julien and Saint Estèphe). In the south, the Graves, famed for 3 main wine types, red, dry whites and sweet wines (Pessac Léognan, Sauternes and Barsac)

On the left bank of the Garonne river, in the upstream of the region, southeast of Bordeaux.

Here are some regional specialities menus that will (I hope!) make your mouth watering

Spécialités régionales

  • Starters…
    • Quelques huîtres
    • Un tourin bordelais
    • Du grenier médocain
    • Un foie gras
  • Fish & shellfish
    • Une lamproie à la bordelaise
    • Une alose
    • Des casserons
    • Un plateau de fruits de mer
  • Main dishes…
    • Carré d’agneau de Pauillac
    • Un confit de canard/magret de canard
    • Une entrecôte de bœuf sauce marchand de vin/grillée sur des sarments de vigne
    • Un salmis de palombe ou un civet de chevreuil
  • Side orders…
    • Quelques Cèpes
    • Pommes de terre nouvelles d’Eysines
    • Asperges de Blaye
  • Dessert…
    • Quelques grains de raisin
    • Cannelés de Bordeaux
    • Macarons de Saint Emilion
    • Sarments du Médoc
  • The essentials – the drinks…
    • Crémant de Bordeaux
    • Lillet
    • Un Bordeaux, Médoc, Saint Emilion, Côtes de Blaye, Pomerol, Sauternes, et bien d’autres
    • Eau minérale des Abatilles pour les plus sobres!

And… Bon Appetit!