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Did I do enough to confirm my reservation before I canceled it?

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We leave next week for a trip to Germany that I have been planning since January. Most of our lodgings are B&B's in tourist areas and small hotels in the cities that I booked months ago through booking.com with no fee and that have liberal cancellation policies.

I made one reservation for a vineyard stay in the Moselle area, no credit card accepted and cash payment for our stay. The reservation was done entirely online emailing the owner. This is the reservation I canceled after not receiving an email confirmation after two emails sent a week apart beginning in April, a month before our arrival date. I then sent an email telling them that because they didn't respond to my emails seeking confirmation we were changing our reservation to a place that had responded promptly to my inquiry for alternative accommodations.

I lost confidence in the professionalism of this business so rather than send them an ultimatum that I would cancel unless I received a response, my email stated I was canceling our stay.

I haven't heard anything from the owner even after I sent the email canceling. I'm wondering, belatedly I admit, if I was remiss in not doing more to confirm my reservation before I canceled it.

I have been relying more on the internet for my international reservations rather than making phone calls like I did in the past. In the many times I've been to Europe, I've never had this happen before and that is why I'm wondering if I put enough effort into contacting the business should this ever happen again to me. Thanks for any comments, Deborah.

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