In a medium saucepan, bring half-and-half to simmer. In an medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar and honey until blended. Whisking constantly, gradually pour in half-and-half. Return to saucepan and cook over medium-low heat stirring constanly just until mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 2-5 minutes; do not boil.
Pour into a medium, clean bowl; let stand 10 minutes. Add cheese and whisk together until blended. Cover and refrigerate until veru cold, at least 4 hours. Stir in vanilla and strain mixture into container of ice cream maker. Freeze according to manufacturers' instructions. (see TIP)
Meanwhile, combine wine, sugar, cinnamon, star anise and 1/2 cup water in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil and simmer 8 minutes or until reduced to 1 cup. Stir in honey and add plums; bring to a simmer and remove from heat (if fruit is firm, simmer for up to 4 minutes until barely tender.)Remove cinnamon stick and star anise. Stir in half of the raspberries (optional). Transfer to a medium bowl, cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours.
To serve, gently stir remaining raspberries into compote (optional). Spoon into 6 dessert bowls and top with a scoop of gelato. TIP: 1) if you don't have star anise, you can substitute 2 whole cloves. 2) if you don't have an ice cream maker, pour cheese mixture into a shallow metal pan and freeze, beating with an electric mixer every 30 minutes or until frozen.