Not really. The lack of a review could mean that the reviewer did not like the wine, or it could be that they never got round to tasting it. So if I am considering buying the wine I am missing some information. That is why I think negative reviews should be published.
Let me qualify that… I would not enjoy reading hatchet-job reviews, but it is quite possible to indicate displeasure briefly and politely. It would help also if reviewers adopt a humble tone, especially with bad reviews. Reviewers should offer opinions, not hand down judgements on tablets of stone, expecting their word to determine the fate of the winemaker.
But doing that is not easy if you have met the winemaker, however briefly, and even if you did not receive “hospitality”. I know because I felt I needed to say bad things about some wines a few days ago. Here are the negative comments I put on my blog…
“To be honest, I am afraid to say I did not like these wines very much. I found the XXXXXXXXX wines to be out of balance, in that they were too alcoholic for the body and aromatics. And the YYYYYYYYYYY, although it had developed some interesting Riesling-like petrol notes, was a little musty. But I am a big believer in the subjectivity of wine appreciation, and my wife, whose opinions I respect, thought the wines were good. Maybe my palate was having an off-day.”
I am not sure how carefully the winemaker read my post, but he did “like” it when I shared it on Facebook.