Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Front Page - WITH ANITA McPHER­SON

IN the thick of win­ter it can be hard to find the mo­ti­va­tion to get out of bed, let alone to get out of the house and split fire­wood.

It’s the time of year when bean­ies and ugg boots be­come com­pletely ac­cept­able at­tire, and you thank your lucky stars the electric blan­ket goes up to 11.

While you may curse not hav­ing the fore­sight to get all that wood split and stacked in au­tumn, there is noth­ing like the heat from a wood fire, so a frost bit­ten nose and a lit­tle hard labour is worth the ef­fort.

At least that’s what I said to the res­i­dent wood chop­per be­fore us­ing the last log on the pile.

In re­turn I’d promised a meaty hot pot for din­ner and Osso Bucco def­i­nitely fit the bill.

The unc­tu­ous brew was savoury, sticky and sweet, and it worked a treat with a bot­tle of Cofield Wines Du­rif.

The wine has a beau­ti­ful, deep dark colour, won­der­ful weight and smooth tex­ture.

It has the aroma of black cher­ries and berries and the earth­i­ness of woody spice.

The flavour is ful­some with more berry, plums and pep­per, which pair well with the rich­ness of the beef brew.

Some­times the only thing you can do on a cold and rainy day is go wine tast­ing, be­fore head­ing home to eat, drink and be merry, which is ex­actly how you will feel af­ter this de­li­cious mix.

Try it at the cel­lar door in Wah­gun­yah or go to www. cofield­

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