Wine-Poached Pears

Nourish Restaurant in Sequim, WANourish, Sequim’s new garden-to-plate restaurant and gathering place, is featuring a series of meals created using items from Nash’s farm share boxes each week. This week’s boxes include pears grown right here in our orchard.

4-6 pears, peeled and cored
1 1/2 cups Harbinger Merlot
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Cream to taste

Pears in the orchard

Could this pear be destined to be poached in wine sauce someday?

Combine all ingredients except pears and bring to boil. Once the wine mixture is boiling, turn heat down to simmer and add pears. Simmer for two minutes until pears are tender to a fork test. Remove pears and let them cool. Gently boil wine sauce until half the volume remains. Pour sauce over pears and serve with cream.