2011 Clean Slate Riesling

Budget Wine of the Week

This wine, the 2011 Clean Slate Mosel Riesling, really sings "Summer of Riesling". It is a perfect summer sipper. Clean, fresh, and lively it is packed with refreshing, juicy fruit. And at about $10/bottle, it's a great buy too.

Brimming with enticing aromas of ripe peaches, apricots, orange citrus and white flowers, Clean Slate Riesling is medium sweet, but the sweetness is nicely balanced by the wine's racy acidity, which heightens the wine's juiciness and exotic tangy flavors. Easy drinking, but by no means boring — just delicious and each sip begs the next.

At the Table
The combination of crisp acidity and sweetness makes this wine a real easy sipper on its own. The sweetness is also a great contrast to anything spicy. Pair with Asian finger food, spicy shrimp, chips and salsa, crispy spring rolls or Pad Thai. The list is endless, experiment for yourself.

About the Mosel
Only 10.5% abv, the name 'Clean Slate" refers to the famous slate soils of the Mosel vineyards in Germany. The Mosel is one of Germany's most celebrated wine regions, known for wines of great elegance and finesse. The wine is unoaked, typical for Riesling, to bring out the grapes' natural intense aromas and flavors.

Budget Wine of the Week: 2011 Clean Slate Riesling, Mosel, Germany, retails for about $10

Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW (Master of Wine), is a New York based wine educator, freelance writer and consultant.

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Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW (Master of Wine), is a New York based wine educator, freelance writer and consultant. In 2012 she was honored as a Dame Chevalier de L'Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne.

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