Riesling-Poached Peaches with Tarragon and Salted Sour Cream

This five-ingredient dessert is an elegant way to serve peaches. Present the fruit halves skin-on or peel them while they’re still warm. For the rosiest color, look for peaches that have a lot of blush to the skin. Slideshow: More Peach Recipes 

Riesling-Poached Peaches with Tarragon and Salted Sour Cream
Photo: © Con Poulos
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 2 1/2 cups semidry Riesling

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped

  • 5 tarragon sprigs

  • 4 ripe but firm freestone peaches, halved and pitted

  • 2/3 cup sour cream

  • Salt


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the wine, sugar, vanilla bean with seeds and 1 tarragon sprig and bring just to a boil. Add the peach halves and simmer over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely, then refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the sour cream with a big pinch of salt. Dollop the cream in bowls and top with the peach halves and some of their poaching liquid. Garnish each plate with a tarragon sprig and serve.

Make Ahead

The peaches can be refrigerated in their poaching liquid for up to 3 days.

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