FOOD & WINE PAIRING: “This wine results from a partnership between German and American interests, hence the comprehensible, non-Teutonic name. But it’s simple: Pure citrus, ginger, and mineral notes make it a perfect match for the Sesame Noodle Salad with Tofu salad, and its hint of sweetness means that you can ramp up the chile as much as you want.”
RECOMMENDED - Perfect Super Bowl Wine
Good Housekeeping 11/2013
RECOMMENDED - Budget-friendly wine for Thanksgiving
Men's Journal 09/2013
Shop Smart 07/2012
“Pleasantly tart with delicate fruit, flora, and herbaceous notes. A little less sweet than most in our tests. Try it with party snacks. It’s also nice on its own as an aperitif.”
Four Seasons Magazine 06/2012
“The name asks you to ignore your Pavlovian response that German wines are sweet and approach this one with an open mind. But slate is also the perfect word for the taste of this mineral-infused treat, although the dryness is nicely moderated by the fruit. The ideal accompaniment for spicy crab cakes.”
Wine Enthusiast 06/2017
“Clean Slate offers forward, fresh grapefruit and lemon flavors with just a hint of smoke in this offdry Riesling. It’s a straightforward yet consistently elegant wine for everyday enjoyment.” (Best Buy)
“You can't find a better white wine for $11 than this. It's a mélange of tropical fruit lushness and bracing, citrus crispness - just think of tangy fresh pineapple.”
Wine Spectator 10/2016
Pear tart and butter pastry flavors are accented by smoky notes in this plush and creamy white, with beeswax notes on the finish.
Wine Spectator 10/2016
Pear tart and butter pastry flavors are accented by smoky notes in this plush and creamy white, with beeswax notes on the finish. Spectator Selection.
"A good introduction to Germany"s famed Mosel region (and a great value), this citrusy bottling is also widely available."
Food & Wine 02/2014
"A remarkable value, this refreshing, lightly sweet Riesling is named for the slate soils that define Germany's prestigious Mosel region."
Food & Wine 12/2013
With Clean Slate at the party, your friends will know that this evening is about the future, not the past. It's a great glass of wine – the German producer says ‘überfresh,’ and that's accurate. It's low in alcohol too, which means you'll have a clear head when the clock strikes midnight."
RECOMMENDED: “It has hints of citrus, honey and apricots, she says, and is fruity and off dry with enough acidity to balance any sweetness.”
Bon Appetit 12/2013
“For that overly competitive friend who often feels more like a nemesis, sending the right signal is key. In the spirit of reconciliation, try a bottle of the 2012 Clean Slate Riesling. A reference to the blue slate stones that line the Mosel River valley, this slightly sweet German Riesling represents the ideal diplomatic gesture.”
Serious Eats 11/2013
RECOMMENDED: “Clean Slate Riesling from the Mosel is fruity and off dry with enough acidity to balance any sweetness. Lots of citrus, honey, apricot and white flowers and a great bargain at $10 per bottle.”
Food & Wine 10/2013
RECOMMENDED -- Food & Wine Pairing
The Naked Vine 10/2013
RECOMMENDED: “A brunch wine if I’ve ever tasted one. I was initially a little concerned when I saw the 10.5% ABV on the label. I half-expected a thick, syrupy glassful. Thankfully, this Riesling from the Mosel region of Germany dispelled that apprehension in short order. There is some sweetness here, but it’s in the ‘honeycrisp apple’ family of sweet. Alongside the orange and peach flavors in the body is a fair amount of the mineral implied by its moniker. It finishes sweet and a tad acidic.”
TOP 10 WINES UNDER $10: “This food-friendly white wine displays peach flavors and mineral notes that would pair well with spicy Asian dishes.”
Cooking Light 08/2013
RECOMMENDED: "Its low alcohol and subtle sweetness soothe any heat, while brisk citrus and peach flavors beautifully complement assertive herbs like the basil and cilantro used here."
$20 Dollar Wine Blog 07/2013
Food Republic 05/2013
RECOMMENDED: “Made from grapes picked in different parts of the Mosel in Germany, the wine has a steely backbone, fleshed out by peachy tones. As the name suggests, it’s clean and crisp, with bright citrus and apple flavors and a hint of spice.”
Crisp and lively; good acidity and fruit balance. Good for lighter seafood, spicy grilled chicken or pork.
The Latin Kitchen 04/2013
Cosmopolitan Magazine 02/2013
RECOMMENDED: "This grape comes in all different styles - light or heavy, sweet or dry. To balance the heat of spicy dishes, definitely have a lightly sweet one like Clean Slate 2011 - obsessed with how cheap it is compared to how good it is."
Critic's Challenge International Wine Competition 05/2012
The Wine Lovers Page 10/2011
“Transparent pale gold. Good aromatic fruit scents, peach and a whiff of mango, fresh but not over the top. Flavors are consistent with the nose, fresh mango and tart acidity, and perhaps just a hint of that fabled Mosel slatey stony character in the background. If there's sweetness there, it's hard to pick out against the zippy acidity. Light 10.5% alcohol makes for easy sipping as table wine or aperitif, and there's a gentle peach-pit bitterness in the finish.”
Sheri pairs this wine with Vietnamese Shrimp Summer Rolls and Thai yellow curry. The maps do not match, but this Riesling, like many others, balances a dollop of sweet with the grape’s characteristic high acidity.
San Francisco International Wine Competition 06/2010
Critic's Challenge International Wine Competition 06/2010
Dallas Wine Competition 03/2010
Reader's Digest 02/2010
and Sippability- Clean Slate Reisling
($11) was named one of seven wickedly good wine values in a blind taste test
for<em> The Wine Trials 2010: The World's Bestselling Guide to Inexpensive Wines</em>
(Fearless Critic Media).
The Washington Post 01/2010
A great value for the price, Clean Slate Riesling offers an "appealing sweetness" that pairs well with salty or spicy foods.
Ladies' Home Journal 11/2009
Ladies' Home Journal recommends that Clean Slate Riesling be brought as a gift when going to Holiday parties since it is a sure way to "get the party (and the conversation) started!"
Health Magazine 03/2010
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"This easy-to-open screw-top wine is a warm-weather crowd-pleaser. Guests will love the peaches-and-cream, beeswax, and apple flavors."
Wine Trials 11/2009
Clean Slate Riesling 2007 has been chosen as one of the top 150 wines under $15 in the new edition of Wine Trials 2010, a bestselling guide to inexpensive wines. more
Rachael Ray 06/2009
Refreshing Summer Wines Under $12 - Scents of peaches and apricots brighten this clean-tasting German white that goes down smoothly with spicy Thai or sushi.
Star Tribune 02/2008
WINE OF THE WEEK: Peach, apricot, a bit of lime and a taste of honey edge it ever so slightly to the sweet, fruity side, but there's more than a modicum of trademark minerality to provide splendid balance...
Restaurant Wine 11/2007
Screw cap. Great value. Crisp, medium bodied, and off dry in style, this is an excellent Riesling, tasting of apple, honeysuckle, peach, and raspberry.
St. Petersburg Times 08/2007
The name sums up the flavor. Think crisp days and cold water slurped on mountain rocks... Served cold, it has peaches and apricots in the nose, and ripe flavor and texture with an edge of spice.
San Francisco International Wine Competition 06/2007
The Weekly Wine Commentary 04/2007
Bright pear/lime and faint slate aroma; succulent entry, but great acid balance so the wine is just off-dry and works brilliantly with highly seasoned Asian foods.
Dallas Morning News 09/2007
A riesling in the best tradition of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, it evokes white peaches, lemon-lime zest, a touch of, yes, wet slate and moss, with the brightness and clarity of a sunny day.
Wine Enthusiast 06/2007
Fills the need for a light poolside quaffer, combining aromas of fresh greens, lime and apple with a hint of slate-driven minerality. Green apple and citrus flavors could use a litte more length and intensity, but overall it's nicely balanced, crisp and focused.
Hilton Head Island Wine Festival 03/2007
Clean slate is a crip, mouthwatering German Riesling in a modern, elegant package that recetly was awarded "Best Riesling Double Gold" at the 2006 San Francisco International Wine Competition.
Light bodied with clean, bright aromas and flavors of honey, apple, pear, and mineral; delicate on the palate, with a honeyed finish.
The Wine Buzz 11/2006
Very pale color and lemon-lime aroma with underlying slate character; fruity and pleasantly sweet with flavors of honey, tangerine and mango blanced by good acidity.
USA Today 09/2006
Sweetness is not an issue here: This wine is all about the perfect balance between demure peach-nectarine flavors and cleansing acidity. Chill well and serve with grilled seafood.
San Francisco International Wine Competition 07/2006
Restaurant Wine 11/2004
Great value! An off dry, crisp, light-medium bodied Reisling of excellent quality. It tastes of apple, lime blossom, and pear, with honeysuckle overtones.
“Clean Slate is well-known for Riesling from the Mosel, but they also deliver on this easy-drinking delight. Buy twelve or more for your next barbecue and please the entire crowd. Clean and light notes of strawberry and pink grapefruit on the nose. Very expressive palate of juicy citrus fruit - grapefruit and lemon with some cherry and strawberry notes with a lightly floral halo. Lots of buoyant acidity, fresh melon and a finish with a bit of apple and a touch of creaminess.”
The Daily Meal 06/2018
“A low-alcohol (11.5 percent) pink from Germany, it is lightly sweet but nicely assertive and very cherry.”
“Spätburgunder, if you’re drinking in German, means “Late Burgundian” in reference to Pinot Noir’s late-season ripening. The words ‘crisp’ and ‘refreshing’ are used relentlessly in the description of white and pink wines so I’d love to be able to tell you this wine was ‘insouciant and diffident’ or something but the truth is, it’s crisp. And… refreshing. Your new BFF for spicy stuff is a noseful of raspberries and alpine strawberries, and the youthful acidity and wet-rock finish are lovely.”