My name is Arthur Z. Przebinda. I’m a father, husband, physician, amateur guitarist, wine lover, wine writer and now a wine grower and wine maker. I also make mead. I dabble in Rose Vodka, cider as well as an occasional batch of Limoncello and Nocino.
I am a Nuclear Medicine (Functional Imaging or Molecular Imaging, in some books) specialist. As my first son once infamously put it: I’m not a real doctor, I just look at pictures….
My undergraduate degree is in Biology with a minor in Psychology. I initially pursued training in Neurology at Ohio State University, but changed direction and pursued specialty training in Nuclear Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. I have held my current position since I returned to California.
I spend my working hours interpreting functional brain scans for the purposes of Neuropsychiatric evaluation. I am responsible for developing, updating and refining the imaging and interpretation protocols of brain SPECT imaging where I work. I see cases from all over the United States and occasionally from overseas. Sometimes, I am asked to render a second opinion on a study performed at another center.
My job is to not only interpret brain SPECT scans, but to make our imaging and interpretation protocols evidence-based, rooted in objective criteria, accurate, correct, consistent and clinically meaningful and actionable.
The purpose of this site:
This site serves both as my winery and vineyard journal as well as a way to share my experiences with my family, friends and others who have an interest in home wine growing and wine making.
Initially, I planted my vineyard to enhance my pursuit of an understanding of wine that goes beyond the consumer experience. I am not chronicling that pursuit or “journaling” my journey here. I write periodic updates and share some salient points about wine growing and wine making. I prefer this format to posting on Facebook. But I am on Facebook.
My writing will go in spurts. I do not feel the need to post with a specific frequency. Sometimes, I am too busy to write and, sometimes, there is really nothing interesting to post.
I welcome comments and discussion but these are not essential to the purpose of this site. So, I don’t mind if there are no comments or if traffic is low.
I have zero tolerance for spam and astroturfing. Comments not related to the post will be deleted – especially ones intended to plug some other site or product/service.
If you have something to add or ask – go right ahead. If you want to flame, go to a chat room or forum. If you attempt to make such posts repeatedly, you will be blocked.
Links and other stuff:
I do not link to sites unless I really like them. If I do not already link to your site, it’s safe to assume I will decline a request to do so.
Google and WordPress provide me all the SEO I never needed or wanted to begin with. If you think others should read what I write, then link to me. That does not mean I’ll link back. See above.
I am not interested in having your aggregator, site or forum use my content. Letting you pull my content is a way for you to parasitize my time and work. Do your own work and leave mine alone.
I will not place your content on my blog. WordPress is free. Start your own blog.
I am not interested in advertising, marketing, or marketing schemes of any sort.
Because I am using a free WordPress account, ads are automatically placed at the end of each post by the host (WordPress). I have no control or influence over this. I am not responsible for the selection of these ads, I receive no reimbursement for these ads nor do I endorse the products and services being advertized.
If you have a home vineyard in my area or if you make wines from the varieties I do, I’d love to hear from you.
There appears to be a growing interest in home vineyards in my area. If you would like to contact me and others engaged in this pursuit, my email is below.
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The name of this site:
I believe that the people who write about and evaluate wine should, at minimum, possess a real and accurate understanding of wine growing and wine making.
Many wine bloggers and even professional wine writers posses mostly romanticized misconceptions and myths about wine. More than that, my observation has been that their conceptualization of wine tends to betray a fundamental ignorance of the scientific underpinnings of wine and human sensory neurophysiology.
Most wine commentators do not have a background in plant physiology, biology, horticulture, human sensation or food production sciences. More often than that not, their background is in the liberal arts, literature, philosophy, social sciences or some non-biological science. Insofar as one’s education frames (and at times, validates) their worldview, these folks have a fundamentally different way of understanding the world than someone who has studied biology, physiology, biochemistry, etc. This worldview tends to be a relativist one, where there are no right or wrong answers.
The universe, however, operates according to its own laws. We merely observe it. We can chose to understand it on its own terms, which includes seeking explanations and testing our interpretations, or we can just take our initial inferences and treat them as if they were a matter of fact. The most we can achieve with the latter is only an understanding of ourselves.
Where many of these commentators really fail is in their refusal to accept real, tangible scientific evidence about the nature of wine, sensation and perception. Instead, they prefer to cite sociological, psychological (which is the ‘alchemy’ to neurophysiology’s ‘chemistry’) or economics works – as long as they validate their conceptualization of wine, as it fits in their world view (or limited understanding of wine and human sensation, or all of the above).
In so doing, instead of seeking a deeper and more factual understanding of wine, they deign as “unknowable” those things which are “yet unknown” (or, simply, the things they do not know).
Because this results in a populist explanation of wine as a product and its enjoyment and quality, a lot of nonsense becomes dogmatized and a reasoned, evidence-based analysis of a consumer good becomes displaced by PR copy-powered creative writing.
To those people, my site’s name is dedicated, because they should shut up and make wine.
Samples and product review policy:
I do not review wine, books, magazines, gadgets, accessories and paraphernalia or vineyard or wine making equipment on this site.
I do not accept press/review samples of any kind.
If I write about something (book, tool, gadget, service) I use in my winemaking or vineyard work, it’s likely that: a) I love it, b) I hate it, or c) discussion of the particular item is somehow relevant to the blog post I am writing.