For an impressive but fast dessert, serve Wine-Poached Pears with Raspberries. Simmered in sweet white wine, they deliver in flavor and sophistication.
Combine first 7 ingredients in a large saucepan, stirring with a whisk. Add pears; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 9 minutes or until pears are tender. Remove pears with a slotted spoon. Increase heat to high; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced to 3/4 cup (about 5 minutes). Discard cinnamon and peppercorns.
Place 2 pear halves in each of 4 bowls; drizzle with about 3 tablespoons cooking liquid. Top each serving with 1/4 cup raspberries.