It’s a big gamble. You hand over your hard-earned with high expectations. This wine’s going to be special. Cork’s popped, screwcap’s turned, glasses poured. Everyone looks at each other, then someone pipes up, “Well, I’ve had worse…” Not exactly what you’d hoped for is it? So what can you do about it?

With all the improvements in winemaking technology over recent years, there really shouldn’t be any reason for you to think anything will be wrong with your wine. But, unfortunately, that’s not always going to be the case.

Corked wine, to take just one example, is still out there, and possibly always will be whilst the wine industry uses a bit of tree bark shoved into the neck of a bottle to seal it. Even today, with the cork trade sharpening up their act, it’s still a prime suspect if you’re not happy with your wine.

Luckily for you though, it’s an easy one to clear up. Any respectable wine retailer will, without question, take a possibly corked bottle of wine back and either refund or replace. If they don’t, simply never buy from them again. It’s the least a wine merchant can do given we all know it’s one of the wine trade’s big elephants in the room.

And you don’t have to be an expert to spot a corked wine. If your wine seems a bit ‘flat’, doesn’t offer anything enticing in the way of aromas (it might even remind you of a wet cardboard box), lacks any semblance of fruit or flavour when you taste it, there’s a high probability it’s got a fault.

Some, like us here at Rude Wines, will go even further. We stake our name and reputation on only picking wines of impeccable quality and provenance to offer you. Which means we offer a 100% money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with your wine.

We do have one caveat to this: if you’ve taken advantage of one of our introductory cases, which offer unbeatable value in wine as a way to introduce our wines to you, you’re getting an amazing wine deal. So if they’re faulty, we’ll replace them, but if it’s a matter of taste, we’ll both have to accept that’s a difference of opinion outside of our guarantee.