Praxis Cellars

In 2000, Bill created Praxis Cellars to broaden the scope of the wines he produced. Arbios is our “serious” wine so Bill wanted to create a distinct label for our other wines. Praxis is derived from the Greek word for practice as a doctor or lawyer practices their craft.

2012 Gewürztraminer

2012 Gewürztraminer
This is our first vintage of Gewürztraminer.  The grapes all come from the Russian River Valley vineyard that has provided our Viognier for the last few years.  The wine is 100% Gewürztraminer.  Bill loves to experiment in the Praxis line with different varietals.  Our... more »

2012 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

2012 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
The color is ruby red with garnet highlights. Raspberry, cherry and mushroomy earth notes fill the glass along with violet, vanilla and geranium floral scents. Flavors of cranberries, raspberries, red currants and plums are complemented by a hint of allspice. The wine is soft, balanced and alluring with... more »

2012 Viognier

2012 Viognier
Gold Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Competition Gold Medal & Best of Class - 2013 Indy International Competition We have been making Viognier for more than a decade.  Bill loves the body and flavors of this white wine varietal – and prefers to make it in a European style.  The... more »

2011 Viognier Russian River Valley

2011 Viognier Russian River Valley
We have been making Viognier for more than a decade. Bill loves the body and flavors of this white wine varietal – and prefers to make it in a European style. Our Viognier is crisp, dry and full bodied with a lingering finish of ripe fruit. To retain the purest expression of the grapes, the wine was... more »

2010 Merlot Alexander Valley

2010 Merlot Alexander Valley
The grapes for this wine come from a vineyard on a rise in the heart of Alexander Valley – the same vineyard that garnered our 2004 Merlot the title of Best American Merlot Under $20 in Food & Wine Magazine (October, 2007).

2010 Pinot Noir Monterey County

2010 Pinot Noir Monterey County
Praxis is derived from the Greek word for practice as a doctor or lawyer would practice. In our Praxis wines, Bill can hone his craft of wine making. Since launching the label, we have also found that it is a moon of the Klingon home planet on Star Trek and a verb for domination in an on-line vampire game.

2010 Viognier Russian River

2010 Viognier Russian River
We have been making Viognier for a decade. Bill loves the body and flavors of this white wine – and prefers to make it in a more European style. Our Viognier is crisp, dry and full bodied with a lingering finish of ripe fruit. To retain the purest expression of the grapes, the wine was fermented in... more »

2008 Dry Rose Alexander Valley

2008 Dry Rose Alexander Valley
In the spirit of Praxis where practice makes perfect, Bill gets to play a little as a winemaker. He had not made a rose for over twenty years, but wanted to explore the style again. The Syrah grapes are from the heart of the Alexander Valley; the same vineyard where we source our Merlot.

2008 Pinot Noir Monterey

2008 Pinot Noir Monterey
Pinot Noir was the first wine we made under the Praxis label. Praxis is derived from the Greek word for practice as a doctor or lawyer practices their craft. Praxis was also a pre-Arts and Crafts philosophy espousing the importance of striving for perfection while knowing that it will never be fully... more »

2007 Dry Syrah Rose Alexander Valley

2007 Dry Syrah Rose Alexander Valley
The wine is a beautiful salmon color with a floral, strawberry nose. Flavors of strawberry, watermelon and guava are accented by a little spice and vanilla. The wine is dry and has bright acidity with a medium body. "nviting aromas of cherry, cranberry, strawberry and watermelon, and a note of earth... more »

2007 Lagrein Central Coast

2007 Lagrein Central Coast
“Bright violet red to purple hue. The nose is dense with flowers and berries… the palate is fresh and vibrant with the flavors of fresh crushed blueberry, raspberry and cherry with accents of vanilla and cocoa. Ideal balance of crisp acidity with enough tannins to offer structure. Beyond a novelty... more »

2007 Merlot Alexander Valley

2007 Merlot Alexander Valley
The grapes for this wine come from a vineyard on a rise in the heart of Alexander Valley – the same vineyard that garnered our 2004 Merlot the title of Best American Merlot Under $20 in Food & Wine Magazine (October, 2007) and praise for our 2006 Merlot as “Merlot before it was mass produced…lip... more »

2007 Pinot Noir Monterey

2007 Pinot Noir Monterey
Pinot Noir was the first wine we made under the Praxis label. Praxis is derived from the Greek word for practice as a doctor or lawyer practices their craft. Praxis was also a pre-Arts and Crafts philosophy espousing the importance of striving for perfection while knowing that it will never be fully... more »

2007 Viognier Lodi

2007 Viognier Lodi
This is our sixth vintage from the same vineyard in Lodi. Although we are a Sonoma County winery, the warmth of the growing conditions there are closer to the climatic conditions of the Southern Rhone Valley in France. Bill feels the Viognier grapes need more heat than we can get in Sonoma County to... more »

2006 Merlot Alexander Valley

2006 Merlot Alexander Valley
Ruby highlights dance in the deep red liquid while aromas of plum, red currant, toasty vanilla and violet fill the glass. Rich berry and black cherry notes are complemented by mocha and dark, unsweetened chocolate flavors. The wine has balanced, mouth filling flavor with good depth, finish and round... more »

2006 Pinot Noir Monterey

2006 Pinot Noir Monterey
This is our sixth vintage of Pinot Noir and our second from this vineyard in Monterey. The color is a deep garnet hue with purple overtones. The wine brims with aromas of bing cherries, ripe plums, black currant, cola and vanilla.

2006 Viognier Lodi

2006 Viognier Lodi
This is our fifth vintage from the same vineyard in Lodi. Although we are a Sonoma County winery, the warmth of the growing conditions there are closer to the climatic conditions of the Southern Rhone Valley in France. Bill feels the Viognier grapes need more heat than we can get in Sonoma County to fully... more »

2005 Lagrein Central Coast

2005 Lagrein Central Coast
The wine is deep, dark red and has the body of a Merlot. Rich, ripe plum and berry flavors are accented by nuances of vanilla and chocolate. Medium-bodied with a silky mouth feel, the wine is ready to drink now.

2005 Merlot Alexander Valley

2005 Merlot Alexander Valley
The grapes for this wine again come from a vineyard on a rise in the heart of Alexander Valley. After fermentation, the wine was aged for 18 months in predominantly American oak barrels. Bill finds that the American barrels complement the varietal characteristics of Merlot in a special way.

2005 Pinot Noir Monterey

2005 Pinot Noir Monterey
We began the Praxis line of wines in 2000 with a Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir and have been searching for specific clones grown in Monterey ever since. With the 2005 Praxis Pinot Noir, Bill finally has those clones (667 and 777) from the appellation he wanted. The wine is elegant and balanced with... more »

2005 Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County

2005 Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County
The grapes for this wine come from the cooler part of Sonoma County – the confluence of the Alexander Valley and the Russian River Valley. The cooler climate here accentuates the crisp, bright green apple characteristics of the varietal without overpowering the floral aromas and flavors of pears and... more »

2005 Viognier Lodi

2005 Viognier Lodi
This is our fourth vintage from the same vineyard in Lodi. Although we are Sonoma County based, the warmth of the growing conditions there are closer to the climatic conditions of the Southern Rhone Valley in France – the source of this ancient varietal. Bill feels the Viognier grapes need more heat... more »

2004 Merlot Alexander Valley

2004 Merlot Alexander Valley
The grapes for this wine come from a vineyard on a rise in the heart of Alexander Valley. After fermentation, the wine was aged for 16 months in predominantly American oak barrels. Bill finds that the spice and vanilla component of American barrels complement the varietal characteristics of Merlot in a... more »

2002 Viognier Lodi

2002 Viognier Lodi
Praxis 2002 Viognier Lodi - Tropical fruit and floral aromas are balanced with crisp acidity and a touch of oak - a best buy pick from Food & Wine and the Wine Spectator