Recipe: Red Wine Poached Pears

Poached Pears in Red Wine

We’ve loved partnering with Llano Estacado this February to celebrate cooking with wine! This recipe development has been so much fun and we hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what we’ve been coming up with. Do you have any favorite recipes that involve cooking with wine? Let us know in the comments below! Also, if you’re ever in Lubbock, Texas you will have to make a trip to the Llano Estacado Winery and do a tasting and tour!

Recipe Red Wine Poached Pears

This Red Wine Poached Pears recipe is one of our favorites and we love how it turned out. It’s sure to impress and is easy to make! Keep reading for the recipe below…

Poached Pears in Red Wine

Red Wine Poached Pears


  • 2 cups Llano Estacado Montepulciano Wine
  • 1/2 cup organic sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 star anise
  • 5 cloves
  • zest of an orange
  • 2 Anjou pears (cored, peeled with stems left on)
  • Whipped cream for serving (how to make it from scratch below!)


  1. In a saucepan on medium heat combine wine, sugar, cinnamon stick, star anise, cloves and orange zest.
  2. Bring to a low simmer.
  3. Add in the pears and make sure that they're fully covered. If not, you can flip them half way through the cooking process.
  4. Cook on low heat for 45 minutes.
  5. Plate the pears in a shallow bowl and pour some of the wine cooking liquid over the pears for additional flavor. (The wine tastes like mulled wine. So delish! Reminds us of the holidays!)
  6. ***Optional: Serve alongside whipped cream and dash of cinnamon***
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Poached Pears in Red Wine

This combination of spices, wine, sugar and citrus zest will make your home smell amazing! It’s reminds us of the holidays and tastes similar to the glühwein we had in Germany at a beautiful Christmas market while visiting family. Our mom was born in Germany!

Poached Pears in Red Wine

Poached Pears in Red Wine

Poached Pears in Red Wine

Poached Pears in Red Wine

Poached Pears in Red Wine

Poached Pears in Red Wine

Homemade Whipped Cream


  • Heavy cream
  • 1 tsp good vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean cut in half with a pairing knife and beans scraped out
  • 1 tbsp honey (local is the best!)
  • Dash of cinnamon


  1. Start with cold heavy cream and a cold silver mixing bowl (you can pop it in the freezer for a few minutes).
  2. Add in your vanilla extract, vanilla bean seeds, honey and cinnamon.
  3. Whisk for 3-4 minutes until you get soft peaks like above.
  4. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.

Poached Pears in Red Wine

The Wine We Used | Llano Estacado THP Montepulciano

We picked the THP Montepulciano for our Poached Pears in Red Wine recipe since it’s fruit forward and is a blended wine – our favorite varietal! Montepulciano is a non-traditional blend of 2 Italian varieties combined with;

  • Montepulciano 76%
  • Aglianico 12%
  • Merlot 5%
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 4%
  • Syrah 3%

Montepulciano has established a high reputation on the Texas High Plains for wine quality and is appreciated by growers for its late bud break and full ripening properties. Deep red in color, perfumed-complex ripe aromatics of plum and blackberries and medium tannins.

Wine and food is a natural match, being that this wine originated from grapes grown on the Texas High Plains, try Montepulciano with your favorite cut of beef, or perhaps pasta with a spicy red sauce, also perfect with most pizza and is amazing in our Poached Pears in Red Wine recipe!

Poached Pears in Red Wine

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Emily & Barbara

This post is sponsored by Llano Estacado Winery. All options are our own.

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  1. 3.1.17

    This recipe looks sensational! And your photography is spot on! I must try this poached pear recipe (and this wine!) All looks divine!

    Thank you so much! Looks simply scrumptious!


    Christina | Fashion & Frills

    • 3.8.17
      Emily Stafford said:

      Hi Christina!

      Thanks so much! I’ll make it for you sometime soon!


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