Nancygirl, I rate harder then most and DH and I hovered between 4 and 5 stars on this one... the lamb was wonderfully soft, the gravy was lovely...DH said it was a fraction sweet (where that comes from with these ingredients I have no idea!) and the only issue was the DH wanted to intensify the flavours just a little: a little more allspice or garlic, we can't put our finger on it but we would be DELIGHTED to make this more often to perfect the last smidgeon to our tastes. Please see my rating system: a wonderful 5 stars for a comfort food meal that got a definiate thumbs up. DH usually dislikes celery and wine in meat, both were disguised beautifully and blended in fully. I used 3 HUGE shoulder chops, s fraction less olive oil and a fraction more red wine.... and the one thing that perplexed me (maybe becuase my chops were enormous) was that once I re-combined the chops at step 5 that I had next to no liquid left in the bottom of the pan, so I added 3-4 cups of water and becuase my chops were so big simmered it on really low for 2 hours and it was falling off the bones tender. Thanks for a great recipe we will be making often from now on!