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Red wine pears on plate with a drizzle of honey.

Wine Poached Pears

Wine Poached Pears made with red wine or white wine, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, and star anise. Simple wine poached pears recipe for a fall dessert!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 pears
Author Jenn


  • 6 Pears (Anjou or Bartlett) peeled
  • 3-4 Cups Red Wine or White Wine Merlot, Shiraz, Pinot Noir - Pinot Grigio or Fruity White Wine
  • ½ Cup (100 grams) Granulated Sugar
  • ½ Cup Honey or Maple Syrup
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract or one scraped vanilla bean
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 3 Star Anise whole


  • Combine all ingredients(except pears) in a pot with lid and heat on stove. Stir and bring to a boil until sugar has dissolved.
  • Turn heat down to simmer, add pears, place lid onto pot.
  • Let simmer with lid on for 25 minutes, rotate pears a few times, and cook until tender
  • Turn off heat, allow pears to soak up juice and cool for another 15 minutes.
  • Gently remove pears from pot and place on serving dish
  • Bring juices back up to a boil until reduced by half and thickened. (add more honey or maple syrup if desired)
  • Transfer juice to pouring saucer, pour over pears.
  • Serve with cream!!