Add cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and sugar, to taste. Place sugar, red wine, water and cinnamon into a large saucepan. Place the ginger, star anise and cloves on a piece of muslin (cheesecloth) large enough to enclose them, then tie up with kitchen string to make a pouch. 1. 2. 1) Peel pears and leave stem intact. Combine the red wine, sugar and 750 ml (26 fl oz/3 cups) water in a large saucepan. Add pears to liquid and simmer for about 20 minutes or until tender. Add the cinnamon sticks. Cool pears in wine mixture to room temperature. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes until slightly reduced. Stir over a medium-high heat until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to the boil. 1. In a large saucepan, bring wine and an equal amount of cold water to a simmer. 3. Split vanilla bean lengthwise and add to wine and water mixture. Meanwhile, peel pears and remove the core of each pear from the bottom so the stem is kept intact (as per image shown). Method.