2 (750ml) bottles dry red wine (preferably Burgundy)
1 dozen oxtail pieces (about 6 pounds total)
1/2 stick sweet butter
6 garlic cloves
2 medium carrots
2 medium leeks (white parts only)
1 medium onion
2 celery ribs
3 fresh thyme sprigs
3 whole bay leaves
1 bunch parsley stems
4 cups beef stock
Step 1 Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Step 2 In a 4- to 6-quart heavy saucepan boil wine until reduced by about half (about 3 1/4 cups).
Step 3 Trim oxtails and pat dry.
Step 4 Season oxtails with salt and pepper.
Step 5 In a deep heavy ovenproof kettle just large enough to hold oxtails in one layer heat 1 tablespoon butter over moderately high heat until foam subsides and brown half of oxtails on all sides, transferring to a bowl.
Step 6 Brown remaining oxtails in 1 tablespoon butter in same manner and transfer to bowl.
Step 7 Coarsely chop shallots, garlic, carrots, leeks, onion, and celery.
Step 8 Add vegetables to kettle and cook in 1 tablespoon butter over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened.
Step 9 Arrange oxtails over vegetables and add reduced wine, herbs, and enough stock to just cover oxtails.
Step 10 Bring liquid to a boil and braise oxtails, covered, in middle of oven 3 to 3 1/2 hours, or until meat is very tender but not falling off the bone.
Step 11 Transfer oxtails with a slotted spoon to a bowl and keep warm.
Step 12 Pour braising liquid through a fine sieve into large saucepan and discard solids.
Step 13 Boil liquid until thick, shiny, and reduced to about 1 3/4 cups and whisk in remaining tablespoon butter.
Step 14 Serve oxtails and sauce with celery root puree or mashed potatoes.
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