Pear Wine Recipe

This Pear Wine Recipe, or Pear in Red Wine Sauce, is a wonderful way to end a meal.

This fancy, but amazingly easy to prepare dessert can be made well in advance.

As a matter of fact, the longer you leave the pears in the sauce the better, so if you do it the day before it's perfect.

This just proves that some dessert recipes can be very simple, but extremely elegant!

In ancient Rome the pears were not eaten raw, but stewed in honey or spices.

Someone must have spilled wine in the sauce to come up with this delicious recipe. At least that's my guess. ;)

pear wine


Serves 4

  • 4 ripe pears, peeled
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 cloves
  • 4 lemon slices


  1. As soon as you peel the pears, rub them with lemon juice for flavor and so they won't get brown spots;
  2. In a saucepan over low heat, add the red wine, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and lemon slices. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves completely;
  3. Keep sauce in simmer for 15 minutes;
  4. Add the pears and continue simmering for another 15 minutes (for firm pears. Longer if you want softer pears), turning the pears around in the sauce to ensure even coloring;
  5. If possible, it's better to leave the pears in the syrup overnight;
  6. To serve, place the pears in individual plates, warm the syrup and drizzle over the pears. You may add a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you wish.

Luca's Two Cents Worth
When Marjorie came out with this wonderful pear wine recipe, I related it immediately to the one my grand-mother used to make.

And man... was it great or what?!?

In addition, I recall with immense nostalgia the pear, cheese and wine combinations that she used prepare to surprise all of us.

Try some pecorino cheese, a fresh and delicious pear... and a glass of Chianti! You'll be knocking in Paradise, trust me!

Now that I'm thinking about it, this very inspiring pear wine recipe is leading me to ask Marjorie to include, somehow, somewhere, someday, easy cheese recipes on her website.

It would be really cool...

Saluti carissimi...

P.S.: I found an article about pairing pears, wine, and cheese, a creative extension to Marjorie's delicious pear wine recipe. Great...

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