Since I make this without really measuring, I cannot really list the exact amounts that I use, the amounts stated are as close as it gets to what I use when I make this, as long as you do use a minimum of 2 cups red wine all other ingredients really don't have to be exact. I also use this to make shanks and pot roast. Since me family loves spicy, I always add in red pepper flakes, but that is optional. I serve this with hot cooked pasta. If you are making a pot roast with this recipe you will have to adjust the cooking time, coat the roast in seasoned flour and brown on all sides, then continue with the recipe as stated. The short ribs are cooked on top of the stove, but you also can cook it in the oven if desired. Add in some small fresh button mushrooms too!