This is the absolute best stew I've ever had! For those worried about the chuck, it actually cooks for two hours after being browned - one hour by itself and another hour with all the veggies. It definitely gets tender. I suggest microwaving or boiling the potatoes before adding to make sure they're tender.
I've also used the stew method to make beef stroganoff (up to the part where you stir in the beef broth) and it's a great way to build flavor into a dish.
If you're in a bind you can use ketchup instead of tomato paste and port or rose instead of dry red wine. I've tried it and it's still tasty!
Just finished eating this. By far, the best pulled pork I've ever had. I served it up without the BBQ sauce on homemade yeast buns. Can't wait to make grilled cheese sandwiches with the leftovers tomorrow.