4 cups dry red wine (I just buy a bottle of $5 Zinfandel or Cabernet at Trader Joe's)
1 cup sugar
2 pounds sour red cherries, stemmed & pitted (You can use frozen cherries, but if they are sweet cherries add 1/2 cup sugar then taste & add more if necessary)
1/2 teaspoon orange zest (or just use 1 tablespoon OJ if you are feeling lazy or are without zest)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
Stir wine and sugar in heavy large saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add cherries. Bring to boil. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Transfer cherries to a bowl.
Mix in orange peel, extract and cinnamon to wine-cherry liquid. Boil cooking liquid until reduced to 2 cups, about 25 minutes. Cool.
Pour syrup over cherries; toss. Cover; chill until cold.
Serve over vanilla ice cream, with flourless chocolate cake or top with creme fraiche! I am submitting these cherries to One Page Cookbooks by Varsha Vipins and Ramki