Sparked by a twitter discussion recently and by the fact that the debate pops up every so often (in particular on American wine blogs!) I though it could (possibly) be interesting to bring up this issue with “disclosure” again.
“Disclosure” is mostly interpreted as that when you write about a wine you say:
“I received this wine as a free sample”
It can also apply to other things, like sponsored trips to wine regions etc.
Our view on this is, in very short words: “disclosure” is almost pointless; what is important is the journalistic ethics and the honesty of the writer and that is not demonstrated by any “disclosure”.
We would be very interested in your views. Read our more extensive reasoning here: Does it matter for a wine blog if the wines you write about are samples? And do write a comment with your view!
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