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September 15, 2022 / Recipes 2018 Abbey Oaks Vineyard Pinot Noir paired with Oxtail Bruschetta

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2018 Abbey Oaks Vineyard Pinot Noir paired with Oxtail Bruschetta

Skill: intermediate Serves: 4

The 2018 Abbey Oaks Vineyard Pinot Noir is rich and opulent, giving it the courage to stand up to the heaviest of dishes. This wine pairs well with savory, slow-cooked meats, complimenting the dark fruit and structured tannins of this remarkable wine.


  • 3 oxtails
  • 2 cups red cooking wine
  • 4 cups chicken stock + ½ cup
  • 2 bunches of parsley
  • 2 lemons zested
  • 1 orange zested
  • 1 onion
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 loaf sourdough
  • 2 oz baby arugula
  • ½ cup crème Fraiche
  • black pepper
  • sherry vinegar
  • neutral oil
  • olive oil


  • Oxtail Marinade: Pour the cooking red wine into a saucepot. Simmer at medium heat until reduced by half. Cool completely. Add oxtails, 1 cup olive oil, and 1 bunch of parsley into a plastic freezer bag and marinate overnight.
  • Braised Oxtails: Roughly chop the onion. Strain the marinade off the oxtails and place the meat onto paper towels to dry completely. Reserve the marinade liquid.
  • Once oxtails are dry (30 or so minutes), heat oil over medium heat in a large Dutch oven (big enough to hold the oxtails snugly).
  • Season the oxtails with salt and sear on all sides. Once the oxtails are seared, add the onion, reserved marinade liquid (about 1 cup), and chicken stock.
  • Place the oxtails into the simmering liquid and braise for 3-5 hours.
  • When the oxtails are braised, shred the meat off the bone and season with salt and paper to taste.
  • Gremolata: Finely chop the remaining parsley and shallot. Add to mixing bowl. Add the zest of the fruits and a touch of sherry vinegar. Add olive oil until just barely covering the ingredients. Add the breadcrumbs and mix well.
  • Adjust seasoning with salt, pepper, and juice of the zested lemon.
  • Crème Fraiche: Pour the crème fraiche into a small mixing bowl. Crack a generous amount of black pepper into the crème fraiche.
  • Spoon the crème fraiche into a piping bag or squeeze bottle. If you do not have a piping bag or squeeze bottle, it can simply be dolloped on with a spoon.
  • Plating: Slice the bread into 1” thick slices.
  • Lightly brush oil onto the cut side of the bread. On a grill pan or hot skillet, char the bread until crispy. Brush with olive oil again once off the grill. Lightly season with salt to taste.
  • In a pan, add the reserved ½ cup of chicken stock and bring to a very gentle simmer. Add the shredded oxtail. Heat through and adjust seasoning.
  • In a mixing bowl, dress the arugula with olive oil and lemon Juice. Place shredded oxtail, a dollop of crème fraiche, and arugula onto the toasted bread.

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