German Strawberry Wine Punch (Erdbeerbowle) for #SundaySupper

German Strawberry Wine Punch | Magnolia DaysHe was pouring the bubbly into a big bowl. Strawberries floated and almost danced with the bubbles. You could see a certain smile on his face. It was clear this was a special celebration. The family was gathered under one roof which only happened every few years. This gathering called for a particular special beverage none other than German Strawberry Wine Punch aka Erdbeerbowle.

The man making the punch is my uncle. He made it for us when we visited him in Germany many years ago. Erdbeerbowle is a popular beverage in the summertime. It’s very easy to make and adapt to your taste too. My uncle uses white or rosé wine and champagne (sekt in German). I used Gallo Family Vineyards Riesling and Sweet Red along with a California brut sparkling wine. All you do is let strawberries soften (or macerate) with sugar then pour some of the wine over them to soak. A little while later, add more chilled wine then chilled sparkling right before serving.

Gallo Wine Riesling and Strawberries | Magnolia DaysGerman Strawberry Wine Punch sweetness can vary. If you use sweeter wines or more sugar then it will be quite sweet. The opposite if you use dry wines and less sugar. You can also add a small amount of lemon juice for a touch of tartness. The amount of wine you use can vary too. This is not a strict recipe. Have fun and make it to your taste. The color of the punch depends on the wine used. It can be anywhere from light pink to dark red. It’s great for entertaining and celebrations such as with Labor Day.

German Strawberry Wine Punch | Magnolia DaysOne other note about Riesling: It has been a part of my entire life, obviously because of my German heritage. It was the first wine I tasted when I became old enough to have it. My dad especially enjoyed Spätlese and Auslese, the sweeter ones. I’m certain he would like Gallo’s Riesling if he were still here. I thought about him as I first tasted it at the Food and Wine Conference. The wine’s light-bodied sweetness plus the peach and citrus flavors make it great choice for sipping with friends and family.

German Strawberry Wine Punch | Magnolia DaysLabor Day will be here soon. Sunday Supper is proud to partner with Gallo Family Vineyards sharing fabulous recipes and wine pairings. Remember to get GFV’s Riesling or Sweet Red when preparing for your celebration. There is a $1 off coupon or rebate available (depending on your area).  Scroll down to find a list and links to recipes from Sunday Supper contributors and check out Gallo’s Labor Day recipes too.

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German Strawberry Wine Punch (Erdbeerbowle)
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Yield: Makes 8 to 12 servings
  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled and cut in half
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons granulated sugar*
  • ½ to ¾ bottle (750ml) red or rosé wine
  • ½ to ¾ bottle (750ml) white wine, chilled
  • ½ bottle (750ml) brut sparkling wine, chilled
  1. Place strawberries in a large bowl or punch bowl. Sprinkle sugar on strawberries and stir to coat. Let sit for 3 hours for the sugar to soften (or macerate) the strawberries.
  2. Pour red wine over the strawberries. Let sit for 1 hour.
  3. Add white wine and stir. Chill if not serving immediately.
  4. Add sparkling wine and serve.
*The amount of sugar you use depends on how sweet you want the punch and the sweetness of the wine(s). Use less sugar if using sweet wines or if a "drier" punch is desired.

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  1. says

    Riesling is my favorite kind of wine. I love sweet German whites… I’m going to Germany in October and now I cannot wait to search for Erdbeerbowle!

  2. says

    What a great story, Renee! My husband’s family is from Germany, but I’d never heard of this drink before (sadly). What an absolutely gorgeous color and sounds so refreshing! Perfect for a special occasion in the summer! I love the Gallo Riesling too! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. says

    We make this every Spring at the cottage my grandfather – from Romania via Germany, surprise surprise – built here in Canada. The fresh berry season isn’t long!! But it’s delicious and so cool to see in the blog-o-sphere that it really is a tradition back from the “homeland.” He always called it “bole” (with an accent on the e!). Sooo yummy!! Now I’m wishing for Spring again 😉


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