I home brew and make my own wine and one of the things I want to try this year is Poire William. I urge everyone to give it a go and then maybe we could compare notes?
It is really, really simple. When the pear is growing tie a bottle up on a tree so the pear will fit through the neck into the bottle. Let the pear continue to grow and ripen in the bottle. Once ripe and ready to pick, sever the pear, fill the bottle up with Eau de Vie and leave to stand until the alcohol is infused with the scent and taste of the wine. Should be ready to drink in about 6-8 weeks.
I am going to do this with a few of my pears in smaller bottles and give as gifts at Christmas.