Season the beef with Salt and Pepper and put it in your slow cooker.
Cook bacon in a skillet until crisp and remove from pan.
Using the bacon grease still in the pan, saute diced onion,carrots, tomato paste, garlic and thyme until the onions are unfrozen and soft.
Add the flour and stir for 1 minute to get rid of the flour taste.
Stir in 1 cup of wine and get all the browned bits off the bottom of the pan.
Pour into the slow cooker. (Don't worry about room for the rest of the ingredients. This will cook down enough to add the other stuff later)
Pour in broth, soy sauce and bay leaves.
Cover and cook for 9-10 hours on low.
About 30 minutes before it's done, put your pearl onions, water, butter and sugar in a pan and saute until the onions are soft.
Pour in 1 cup of wine and reduce.
Throw in the mushrooms and saute about 10 minutes.
Throw it all in the slow cooker and let it cook for about 15 more minutes.