Meet the Team
The mantra that ‘Life’s too short to drink bad wine’ inspired Tony and co-founder Deborah to establish Rude Wines in order to offer a wide range of quality wines at affordable prices.
Tony’s an avid wine fan who loves to seek out truly unique, artisan styles which led to the launch of our range of fine wines.
& Sales Director
Deborah, or Debs to her friends, has a huge passion for exquisite wines and an appetite for sales, with more than ten years’ experience in the wine trade.
She’s a bit of a Sauvignon fan and rates the Tokara Walker Bay Reserve Sauvignon Blanc as one of her favourite Rude wines, perfect dinner party material with a great Dover Sole.
With decades of experience in the wine trade, Gerald has been sourcing all of our wines since the company started in 2013.
When he’s not on his mission to discover the next new wine trends, he loves spending time with a rather large brood of grandchildren and watching any and every sport. Food and wine heaven is roast lamb with a classic Bordeaux, Chateau Bonnin Pichon.
Find out more about Gerald
With over 25 years in the wine trade, Angelika knows a thing or two about getting our precious cargo from A to B. A native Austrian, she finds it hard to understand our love of Marmite, yet the Herefordshire countryside more than makes up for our strange foods.
When pushed, she will concede that a glass of The Show Cabernet Sauvignon with roast beef is hard to beat.
Customer Services Team
Our super-efficient wine advisers are a very friendly bunch and love to talk about wine! If you’d rather talk to a real person than place your order online or by email, give them a call to talk through your requirements - they would be more than happy to help!
The doyenne of customer services, Michelle‘s favourite part of the job is providing excellent service to our customers on a daily basis, and of course tasting wine. She’s a fan of all things history-related, but likes her wines young and fresh, rather than old and dusty - in particular the bright, fruity Pipoli Greco Fiano.
Part of our indispensable customer services team, a good day in the office for Lindsay involves helping customers to find the right wines to suit their tastes. She’s a bit of a gym bunny but also loves walking her dog and is partial to a glass of Anvers Brabo Cabernet Sauvignon with roast lamb.
Patricia is your first port of call for orders and queries and loves receiving feedback from happy customers. She enjoys a good thriller and travelling and has a bit of a penchant for Italian wines, especially the Salento I Muri with a big plate of pasta.
When he’s not charming our customers, Dave likes nothing more than to run, cycle and swim in mud and can’t stand being stuck indoors at the weekend. His favourite post-exercise Rude treat is the 1415 Carinena with a big bowl of Chilli con Carne.
Bridget loves a good natter and when she’s not waxing lyrical about Rude wines on the phone to our customers, she’ll probably be recommending wines to her friends. Her Friday night treat is the Prosescco Superiore Uvaggio Storico with olives and bruschetta (and plenty of gossip).
Pinot Noir fan Roland is a bit of an action man in his spare time, ticking off rugby, rowing, skiing and thankfully the slightly more sedentary reading. The latter is generally accompanied by a glass of easy-drinking Alta Corte with a plate of cheese or charcuterie.
The unflappable lynchpin of the admin team, Kathy remains calm in a crisis, apart from when she gets stuck behind a tractor on the way to work. She enjoys the Rude team spirit and loves nothing more than socialising with friends and family, occasionally with the Anvers Brabo Riesling and a few nibbles.
With a finger in pretty much every pie, Caroline ensures the smooth running of the office and an endless supply of one-liners to keep everyone amused. A keen walker, she nevertheless prefers the more sedentary activity of sitting in the sun with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Her favourite Rude tipple is the St Veronica Malbec Reserva.
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Where would we be without them? Our warehouse and stock team ensure that everything is where it should be and handled with the utmost care, before onward delivery to your door.
Keeping an eagle eye over our lovely wines, Mick runs a tight ship and is at his happiest when the warehouse functions efficiently. He also enjoys a spot of photography and lusts after the odd Aston Martin, although doubts he’ll ever be able to buy one. His desert island wine is the Casas del Bosque Syrah Gran Reserva with a beef stew.
Charles’ knowledge of all things stock related is a wonder to behold, almost matched by his love of Cheltenham Town football club (well, someone has to). He’s also a bit of a red wine fan, particularly the Alta Corte and the Casas del Bosque Pinot Noir, preferably served with game pie.
& IT Support
Self-proclaimed ‘company dogsbody’, Mark juggles with the rather important roles of preparing the orders and sorting out the IT needs of the slightly technophobic RW team. Relaxation comes in the form of motorsport, darts, or quite possibly a bottle of Casas del Bosque Syrah Gran Reserva with a rib-eye steak.
The fastest pallet packer in the west, Shaun loves a busy day in the warehouse and likes to unwind with his children or watching a game of rugby. His love of Formula One ties in nicely with his favourite Rude wine – Charles Valendray Brut champagne, probably accompanied by a Friday night curry.
Sam combines working in the warehouse with a love of music, including writing, gigging with his band and watching live music as much as physically possible. He hasn’t yet serenaded the rest of the warehouse team, but we think it may only be a matter of time. Although not much of a drinker, Sam copes with the in-house tastings remarkably well and agreed that the Côtes du Rhône Esprit de Barville wasn’t at all bad!
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This is where it all takes shape. Lots of blue sky and outside the box thinking in order to get our wines and their stories to you, but luckily we’ve got our finger on the pulse rather than our head in the clouds.
Web & Print
When our graphic designer Steve isn’t working magic with his Mac, he’s also partial to a bit of bird sketching (the feathered kind). His taste sensation comes in the form of the Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Magie d’Or with a strong blue cheese.
Our resident wordsmith, Rachel occasionally unleashes her inner Jilly Goolden, much to the bemusement of the rest of the Rude Wines team. Happiness comes in the form of travel and children but an Italian al fresco lunch with crab linguine and a chilled bottle of Prosecco Superiore would do just as well.
The self-proclaimed ‘geek in the corner’, we bow to Andrew’s knowledge of search engines as much as his amazing array of healthy snacks. His desert island wine would be the Tohu Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, possibly with a side order of goji berries.
Our extremely organised events supremo Laura likes to keep the office on their toes with words transposed, our current favourite being ‘clipfart’ instead of ‘flipchart’. She’s mad about Zumba and fruity Rioja Villa del Camino, although generally not at the same time.
Content writer Kate’s love of wine was fuelled by her passion for travel and languages, although GCSE Welsh unfortunately didn’t come in handy everywhere on her round the world trip. She is particularly partial to Spanish reds, and loves the Oh De Romaila with pizza.
Presiding over Rude Wines’ social media, Caro’s always on the lookout for the current trends. She loves cooking and drinking wines with friends and her favourite food and wine pairing is the Evidence par Caroline (for obvious reasons) with a roast dinner.
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