Because fresh fruit was once scarce in Sweden during the winter, compotes stewed from dried fruits (mixed with a little alcohol to take the nip off the cold) are traditional at Christmas julbord. Here, dried cherries simmered with red wine and Port are subtly spiced with cinnamon and black pepper. This pairs well with cheese. Also wonderful over ice cream or cake. Compote can be made 2 days ahead and cooled completely, uncovered, then chilled, covered. Bring to room temperature before using. Taken from Epicurious.com and posted for ZWT.