Cooking time: 3 hours
Cut up the oxtails (or get your butcher to do it) and wash them thoroughly. Peel the onions and carrots and cut into rings and rounds respectively.
Place the oxtails in a deep pan, cover with cold water, and add half the carrots, onions and herbs. Bring to the boil, then skim the surface, cover the pan and allow to cook over a low heat for 4 to 5 hours until the meat is tender. In a frying pan, gently fry the finely chopped garlic, the diced ham, the remaining onions and a bay leaf. Sprinkle 2 to 3 tablespoons of flour over the contents of the frying pan and mix in. When it starts to colour, pour in the wine and a large cupful of the oxtail cooking liquor. Place the oxtails in a deep pan and cover them with this mixture. Check for seasoning, adding more salt, wine and herbs if necessary, and allow to cook gently in this sauce over a low heat for an hour. Optionally, you can add more wine to the recipe, or make it with oloroso sherry. You can also add hot pimentón (Spanish paprika), though I personally would not advise it.
Serve the oxtail in its sauce in an earthenware dish, with fried or sauté potatoes on the side.
The ideal temperature at which to serve an Oloroso is at between 12 and 14ºC.
This is the most suitable wine to accompany red meat and game. It combines perfectly with meat stews and casseroles; especially gelatinous meat such as bull's tail or cheeks. The perfect match for wild mushrooms and well cured cheeses.
Serve it between 12° and 14° C in a white wine glass.
Ideal accompaniment for prolonging the sensation of intense flavours.
Its composition allows it to be stored in open bottles for months.