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Italian Poached Pears

Featured by Contrada in the Gold Wine Club.
Italian Poached Pears


The perfect ending to your meal, this decadent dessert is easy and, most of all, delicious! Pair it with the 2003 Contrada Cabernet Sauvignon.

Yield: 3 Pears
Prep Time: 8 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes


• 1 bottle of Contrada Cabernet Sauvignon
• 3 Bosc pears, not too ripe, peeled and cored, sliced in half inch wedges
• 1 stick of cinnamon
• 2 whole cloves
• 1/2 cup of sugar
• 1 teaspoon Balsamic vinegar
• Mint sprigs for garnish


Pour wine into a heavy sauce pan large enough to accommodate all the pears. Add the cinnamon stick, cloves, and sugar. Boil wine mixture until reduced by half and sugar has dissolved. Reduce here to simmer and remove cloves and cinnamon stick. Add vinegar and pears.

Cook for 10 minutes until pears are well coated, but still firm. Cooking time may very. Serve with Italian Gorgonzola cheese.

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