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Red Wine Poached Pear With Ganache, Hazelnut, and Pinot Noir Salt

This poached pear recipe that is perfect for date night

This is a simple and delicious poached pear recipe that is perfect for date night. Poach the pears in your favorite red wine and serve with ganache for sweetness, and hazelnuts for crunch.

This dish pairs perfect with Sokol Blosser Winery’s 2013 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir.


  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 4 red Anjou pears, peeled and stem attached
  • 4 Ounces heavy cream
  • 4 Ounces chocolate, dark (66 percent cacao)
  • 2 Ounces hazelnut, roasted, skin removed and lightly chopped
  • Pinch of wine salt, such as Bitterman Pinot Noir Salt


In a 6-quart pot add red wine and sugar, and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes to dissolve sugar. Turn heat to low and add pears.

Gently cook pears, turning to completely cover in poaching liquid until tender.

In a separate pan, bring cream to a boil. Pour over chocolate in a separate bowl and let sit for 2 minutes, then stir to fully incorporate.

Spread chocolate on plate, add pear and sprinkle with hazelnut and salt.