A daily sample of thoughtful writing and discussion from (mostly) independent wine blogs:

japanese vineyardsJamie Goode explains why we should be interested in Japanese wines.

Rob Macmillan at SVB on Wine takes a look back at what the wine industry was like in 1988 and predicts what it will be like in 2028.

The Wine Gourd analyzes the sales data for New Zealand and Australian exports.

The Wine Curmudgeon digs up an old TV ad for Thunderbird wine starring James Mason.

Alfonso Cevola, On the Wine Trail in Italy, offers some thoughts and poses a few questions about the preferences of the wine buyers he deals with.

The Reverse Wine Snob asks Dennis Cakebread What makes Washington wine special?

Dallas Wine Chick interviews Lodi winemaker Bryce Willingham of Ravage Winery.

Selected Reviews:

Elizabeth Smith profiles Firehouse Winery in South Dakota, makers of Edelweiss and Marquette, cold-hardy varietals developed by the University of Minnesota.

Jamie Goode reviews the Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV France

My Wine Tribe review several Gruner Veltliners from Austria.

Cindy Rynning reviews two affordable Cavas from Vilarnau’s TrencadÍs Edition.

Red Wine Please reviews the Syrah from L’Ecole No. 41 in Washington State.

JvB reviews the Markus Wine Company’s, “Sol” 2015 Vintage Red Blend, Lodi, California.

Mathew Gaughan’s wine of the week is the Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs 2010