Poached Pear with Icewine? This is delicious!

Ingredients (serves 4)

3 cups water
1 cup (firmly packed) brown sugar
½ cup Pillitteri Estates Vidal Icewine
2 x cinnamon sticks roughly broken
2 large, just ripe bosc pears, peeled, cored and cut in half
4 1inch x 1inch thin squares of good quality white chocolate
Good quality blue cheese to crumble, like Blue Benedictine, enough for 4 people.
*½ cup of Pillitteri Estates Vidal Icewine, reserved


Combine the water, sugar, ½ cup Icewine and cinnamon in a large sauce pan over low heat. Cook, stirring for 2 minutes or until the sugar dissolves and liquid turns lightly syrupy. Add the pears and stir to combine. Cook, covered for 10 – 15 minutes or until the pears are tender. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the pears from the poaching liquid.

In a small sauce pan, carefully add 1 cup of warm poaching liquid plus *½ cup of Vidal Icewine and bring to a boil. Boil uncovered for 5- 10 minutes until syrup reduces and thickens slightly.

Individually plate a square of white chocolate. Place a warm pear half on top of the chocolate. Crumble blue cheese over top of pear. Finish with a drizzle of reduced syrup over blue cheese and pear. Serve immediately.

Enjoy with a glass of Pillitteri Estates Vidal Icewine.