Let me entertain you ...
I've been looking for serial monogamy ...
Robbie Williams (Let Me Entertain You and Kids)
Whether the world needs another iconoclastic online wine retailer with a risqué name is something of a moot point; Rude Wines launched earlier this year offering "real value and no mystique, just exciting wines" - plus a pun-tastic website.
They have been more recently joined by Sarah Abbott MW who describes them as "a young company, very jolly, really creative".
The wines are well-made and, straight out of the bottle, they feel full-on with plenty to say for themselves - a bit like Robbie, blue collar heroes here to entertain us.
Not so much elegant classics for purists, then, they are exuberant party animals, enjoyable quaffers - and my first reaction is that they are more kiss-me-quick than marriage potential.
With a bit of aeration, their more serious sides show - the attention-grabbing elements become less overt and they reveal their more-serious underpinnings; as if your bubbly date started conversing about geo-politics, Radiohead and Kandinsky.
Vino Spumante Rosato Brut NV (£10.99) a blend of Pinot Grigio and Pinot Nero, deep salmon pink, ripe red fruits, white pear and apple, clean-as-a-whistle acidity and some persistence on the finish. Balanced, if a little lacking in finesse - good, inexpensive Italian pink fizz.
Tohu Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (£14.99) pungent, catty, herbaceous and aromatic; zesty, pithy grapefruit and white peach - fresh and citrussy with some salinity. Well-made, good example of its style. Good.
Match the aromatics and high acidity with rocket and goat's cheese salad, salmon en croute or Thai green curry.
Chateau Vincens Prestige Cahors 2011 (£12.99) sweet ripe, baked black cherries, sweet vanilla, toasty oak, dried green herbs, cool mint and pencil shavings; a soft texture and fine, perfectly ripe tannins. Good.
Match with well-flavoured reds meats, such as roast beef and horseradish or lamb with rosemary and garlic.
Overall, these wines make a statement - but can back it up, too.
Wine Trust 100
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