750ml Red wine
2 cinnamon sticks
Zest of 1/2 Lemon
Pinch of ground cloves
2 tbsp Cointreau
8 Forelle pears, peeled leaving stalks
300g Sugar

South African Weisser Riesling (Rhine Riesling) will work well with this dish. Riesling has adapted well to South African’s soil and climate. This grape variety produces very full and flavourful wines which will develop well with bottle ageing. The wines have a honeyed spicy nose and a flowery sweetness on the palate.

Wine recommendations by Wines of South Africa


  1. Place the red wine in a large saucepan and bring to the boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and add the cinnamon sticks, lemon zest, ground cloves and Cointreau and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the pears and sugar.
  4. Partly cover and simmer over a very low heat for 1 hour until the pears are tender.
  5. Carefully remove the pears and place in a serving dish.
  6. Strain the remaining red wine mixture and return to the saucepan. Bring to the boil and cook briskly until it reduces and thickens into a syrup.
  7. Pour the red wine syrup over the pears. Serve warm or cold with Greek yoghurt or cream.

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