German Strawberry Wine Punch (Erdbeerbowle) for #SundaySupper

by Renee on August 22, 2014

German Strawberry Wine Punch | Magnolia Days

He 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 Days

German 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 Days

One 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 Days

Labor 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)

4 hours, 15 minutes

Makes 8 to 12 servings

German Strawberry Wine Punch (Erdbeerbowle)

  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled and cut in half
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons granulated sugar*
  • 1/2 to 3/4 bottle (750ml) red or rosé wine
  • 1/2 to 3/4 bottle (750ml) white wine, chilled
  • 1/2 bottle (750ml) brut sparkling wine, chilled

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.

Pour red wine over the strawberries. Let sit for 1 hour.

Add white wine and stir. Chill if not serving immediately.

Add sparkling wine and serve.

Notes

*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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Are you ready for Labor Day? Take a look at these recipes by Sunday Supper contributors featuring or paired with Gallo Family Vineyards Riesling or Sweet Red wines:

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Liz August 22, 2014 at 6:34 am

Wow, the color is just exquisite, Renee! What a wonderful punch!

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Renee August 24, 2014 at 6:21 am

Thanks Liz

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Katie August 22, 2014 at 6:47 am

This is absolutely beautiful, and I am dying to try taste a glass for myself! Love love love it….

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Renee August 24, 2014 at 6:20 am

Thanks Katie and I think you would really enjoy this punch.

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Betsy @ Desserts Required August 22, 2014 at 7:33 am

What a wonderful memory to have of your time with your uncle. I can feel the warmth and love you have for your family. Speaking of love…I am going to love trying this gorgeous drink!

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Renee August 24, 2014 at 6:20 am

Thanks Betsy.

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Shaina August 22, 2014 at 7:56 am

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!

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Renee August 24, 2014 at 6:19 am

I hope you can find it there during fall. It’s more of a summer drink.

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mimi August 22, 2014 at 8:43 am

That looks absolute divine!!! I’m not waiting till Labor Day to make this!!! thanks!

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Renee August 24, 2014 at 6:18 am

Thanks Mimi and I hope you enjoy it too.

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Emily {Jelly Toast} August 22, 2014 at 8:59 am

What a great story about your German family, Renee! I visited Germany many years ago and it is such a gorgeous country. This punch looks absolutely wonderful!

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Renee August 24, 2014 at 6:17 am

Thanks Emily and I’m looking forward to visiting Germany again this October.

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Nichole August 22, 2014 at 12:25 pm

What a great memory to share, Renee! This punch looks like a winner to me. I think I may need to make it, soon!

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Renee August 24, 2014 at 6:16 am

It’s a winner for sure. It’s been a family favorite for a long time.

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The Wimpy Vegetarian August 22, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Absolutely stunning color, Renee! Really, really beautiful! And perfect for summer.

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Renee August 24, 2014 at 6:15 am

Thanks so much Susan

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Marion@Life Tastes Good August 22, 2014 at 5:07 pm

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!!

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Renee August 24, 2014 at 6:15 am

Well, you will have to make it for your next family gathering since there is German heritage in your family too.

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Marion@Life Tastes Good August 26, 2014 at 11:20 am

I am planning on it! I know they’ll love it <3 Thanks!!

Run DMT August 22, 2014 at 6:42 pm

This is summer perfection! Love it and pinning it!

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Renee August 24, 2014 at 6:14 am

Thank you Denise and I appreciate the pin.

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked August 22, 2014 at 7:43 pm

My preference is definitely for sweeter wines like Rieslings and Gewurztraminers. I love the addition of macerated strawberries to this lovely drink. This sounds divine, Renee!

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Renee August 24, 2014 at 6:14 am

Thanks Nancy.

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Alida August 22, 2014 at 9:01 pm

What a gorgeous color in this punch! It looks so refreshing and delicious. And I covet your Gallo cutting board :)

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Renee August 24, 2014 at 6:12 am

Thanks Alida and I was so glad to get that cutting board. It really is a nice one too.

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Thalia @ butter and brioche August 22, 2014 at 11:12 pm

saved this recipe to recreate for summer.. definitely could kick back and relax with one of these summery wine punches. shame it’s winter!

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Renee August 24, 2014 at 6:11 am

Yes, it’s a shame it is winter where you are but summer will come soon enough. I’m dreading fall and winter arriving here.

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Kathia Rodriguez August 23, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Great and perfect to end the summer.

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Renee August 24, 2014 at 6:07 am

Thanks Kathia

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips August 23, 2014 at 5:32 pm

This sounds fabulous, Renee! I bet it would be wonderful for a bridal shower. Or really any occasion ;-)

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Renee August 24, 2014 at 6:07 am

I never even thought about it being great for a bridal shower. It sure would.

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Jane August 24, 2014 at 8:28 am

Such a great, beautiful color, very appealing!

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Renee August 25, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Thank you Jane

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Heather // girlichef August 24, 2014 at 10:51 am

This is so beautiful, almost too pretty to drink! I love the red on red.

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Renee August 25, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Almost, but it sure does sip nicely.

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Alice // Hip Foodie Mom August 24, 2014 at 11:10 am

Renee, this German Strawberry Wine Punch looks fabulous!! love that you used both red and white wine. . I’ve got to try this ASAP!

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Renee August 25, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Thanks Alice. And using red or white wine is up to you. I like the color more when using red.

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Family Foodie August 24, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Oh my goodness – this is fantastic. I can’t wait to make it for my next get together.

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Renee August 25, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Thanks Isabel

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Hezzi-D August 24, 2014 at 4:03 pm

This sounds like the perfect punch for a party! I love the bold red color.

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Renee August 25, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Thanks Heather

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Anne @ Webicurean August 25, 2014 at 12:08 pm

I love the color of this! I realize this is a summer beverage, but I’m thinking it would be a great addition to my holiday party too!

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Renee August 25, 2014 at 2:20 pm

It would be great for a holiday party because of the red color (just be sure to use some red wine).

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Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons August 25, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Sounds like you have such fabulous memories from that trip to Germany to meet your uncle! Love the combination of great ingredients in this punch, especially that hint of lemon juice! Yeah!

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Renee August 27, 2014 at 6:11 am

Oh yes, I have many fabulous memories from that and other trips to Germany.

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Adrian August 29, 2014 at 10:05 pm

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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Renee August 30, 2014 at 10:11 am

Oh how fantastic Adrian. I’m glad to see this enjoyed by your family and in Canada too.

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Renee August 27, 2014 at 6:10 am

Thank you Marion and cheers!

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