Here's how to make mulled wine out of ingredients left over from making this recipe:
Stir together pear peel and core, squeezed orange halves, ginger peel, star anise, and cinnamon stick with 1 (750 ml) bottle Merlot, 3 cups apple juice, 1/2 cup honey, and 1/4 cup brandy in a 4-quart slow cooker. Cook on Low for 3 to 4 hours. Remove solids with a slotted spoon. Serve warm. Makes about 2 quarts.