Pears Poached in Red Wine is one of the most elegant and light desserts. Served whole, halved or sliced, these pears delight family and guests. Bosc and D’Anjou are the pears most often recommended for poaching. Select firm, unblemished slightly under ripe fruit. Pay special attention to the stems of the fruit you buy, look for nicely formed ones so they are aesthetically pleasing.
1 bottle Primitivo
1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 6 inch cinnamon stick
1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped into poaching liquid
2 star anise
1 lemon for acidulated water to use while peeling pears