Poached pears are an easy, delicious and elegant dessert. The pears can also be added to a salad or served alongside a cheese platter. Always use wine that you’re willing to drink. A sweeter white wine works for this recipe such as Chardonnay or a Riesling. Firm pears like Anjou or Bosc are the best type to poach, as they hold their shape. You’ll peel the pears leaving the stem intact, but also slice a 1/2 inch off of the bottom to create a flat surface for the pear to stand for serving. Make sure to rotate the pears a few times while they’re simmering, so the wine soaks the pears evenly. You can store the pears in the poaching liquid in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve them.