Cherries have a number of delicious summertime uses, from filling pies and tarts to adding unusual color and flavor to lemonade. In this distinctive dessert, cherries are poached in a hot bath of red wine, which is enhanced with fresh basil, vanilla, and lemon. After the cherries have been poached and then chilled, serve them in a bowl topped with a spoonful of fresh ricotta cheese.
I made this using Bookwater Winery's Notebook Red Blend and it was delicious - this wine (along with the basil, vanilla, and lemon zest) made the cherries taste like they were soaked in brandy without the heavy alcohol flavor and associated burn. I sampled them to about 60 people and all but one thought they were delicious!