It takes time to make this authentic Tuscan dish of wild boar in a rich red wine sauce, but the unbelievably delicious flavours are definitely worth the wait. Make it a celebration with fresh pasta, reggiano parmesan, good company and plenty of wine.
Place the boar or pork in a large bowl and add enough of the wine to cover. Add garlic cloves, thyme sprigs, peppercorns, whole juniper berries, 1 rosemary sprig and 1 bay leaf. Cover and place in the fridge overnight to marinate.
Drain the boar or port from the marinade. Pat dry with paper towel. Strain the marinade through a fine sieve into a jug and reserve. Discard solids.
Heat the oil in a large heavy-based saucepan. Cook the boar or pork for 2-3 mins each side or until browned all over.
Add the onion, carrot and celery to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-6 mins or until the vegetables start to caramelise slightly. Add the crushed garlic and sun-dried tomato concentrate or tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 1-2 mins.
Add the reserved marinade and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon and scraping the bottom of the pan to dislodge any bits that have cooked onto the base, until the wine is reduced and all the alcohol has evaporated. Add the tomatoes and cook until the mixture thickens slightly.
Add remaining wine, thyme leaves, crushed juniper berries, remaining rosemary, remaining bay leaves and enough stock to just cover the meat. Cover and cook for 2 hours or until the meat is very tender and the sauce thickens. Season.
Stir in pasta. Serve with parmesan, salad and bread.