Jon, this recipe is very Provencal. It was originally written for red wine, but especially in summer I would prefer white wine to the visually heavier red wine in this dish, and serve it over a flat noodle like tagliatelle tossed with olive oil and parsley.
Braised Short Ribs
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
Freshly ground black pepper
5 pounds short ribs (not cross-cut flanken)
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 medium red onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 celery rib, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3 large garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons herbs d'Provence + 1 teaspoon reserved for later
2 cups dry white wine
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 (15-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes in juice
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2/3 cup (3 1/2 ounces) canned green olives (not out of a jar, no vinegar)
1 navel orange
Heat oven to 350°F with rack in lower third.
Stir together flour with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a bowl. Pat ribs dry and lightly dredge in flour mixture, knocking off excess.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a wide 6- to 8-quart heavy pot over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Brown ribs in 3 batches, about 8 minutes per batch. Transfer as browned to a platter. Discard fat from pot.
Cook onions, carrots, and celery in remaining 2 tablespoons oil with 1/2 teaspoon salt over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until just softened and beginning to brown, 8 to 10 minutes.
Add garlic and herbs and cook, stirring frequently, until garlic is softened and fragrant, 2 minutes.
Add wine and boil until reduced by half, about 8 minutes, then stir in broth, tomatoes with juice, and vinegar and bring to a simmer.
Return ribs to pot. Cover with the lid, then place in oven, and braise until ribs are fork-tender, 3 to 3 1/4 hours.
Transfer ribs with a slotted spoon to a bowl. Let cooking liquid stand briefly, then skim fat from top. Stir in olives and reserved herbs d'Provence. Reduce further to taste, and adjust seasoning if necessary.
Return meat to pot. Grate zest from orange over top just before serving.
My wine shopping and I have never had a problem. Just a perpetual race between the bankruptcy court and Hell.--Rogov