David Taylor


In 2014, after a 30+ year career in technology and Silicon Valley, David rekindled his entrepreneurial skills, combined it with his passion for Pinot Noir and Rhone wines, and founded Cordant Winery. With the mantra of “wines are born in the vineyard”, David and the team sought out some of the best vineyards on the California Central Coast from Monterey County south through San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties to launch Cordant. But of equal importance to the team’s desire to make wines the best they can be, is their commitment to provide a welcome and memorable hospitality experience for guests. For those reasons the rest of the amazing Cordant team needs to be introduced!

Scott Stelzle

Director of Winemaking

Scott joined Cordant Winery in 2021, taking on full responsibility for making our wines and managing our many vineyard relationships. Scott brings 20 years of Paso Robles winemaking experience to Cordant from being the owner / founder / winemaker at Venteux Winery in the early 2000s. In addition to his exceptional organizational and winemaking skills, Scott keeps our team together and smiling with his welcome sense of humor which we trust you will get to experience! And by the way, it will be a fantastic experience if you have an opportunity to fly in “Betsy”, the World War II paratrooper plane from the Paso Robles Warbirds Museum, that is piloted by Scott himself!

Nikki Smith

General Manager

Nikki joined Cordant in 2022 taking on responsibilities as our General Manager. Nikki grew up on cordiality; she remembers her grandmother as the gracious host in her life - emphasizing the importance of accommodation, affection, and attention to detail as it involved food, caretaking, and “making sure people are appreciated”.

Before moving to Paso Robles in 2012, Nikki’s professional career began in Charlotte, N.C., with a love for service, good food, and the history that comes with it. Before joining Cordant, Nikki headed Direct to Consumer programs and substantially increased DTC sales at both Brecon Estate and Hope Family Wines.

“We sell fun in 750mL bottles. Food and comfort and wine is a big part of that equation. Please come visit us!”

Evan Taylor

Brand Director

Evan has been with us since 2020 and manages our outside customer events plus the work we do with our outside sales channel. And for those of you who have not yet met Evan, realize there are few people in life that have more passion for what they do than Evan, in fact his enthusiasm is infectious. When Evan is not traveling, you’ll see him around the winery too, hosting customers, packing boxes, and planning for his next trip. And if you think you might like to host a Cordant Winery tasting experience outside of our tasting room, don’t hesitate to reach out to Evan!

Jesse Baker

Assistant Winemaker

Jesse has been with us since 2017, which was the first harvest year in our current facility. As assistant winemaker, it means that Jesse owns the primary responsibility for doing most of the really hard work, like driving forklifts, managing fruit processing during harvest, moving barrels, topping barrels, participating in blending activities, bottling our wines, and making strategic winemaking decisions with Scott. When Jesse is not in the cellar, you might see him leading a customer experience in our tasting room from a cellar perspective. And BTW, you might see Jesse playing guitar or bass around SLO County on a rare night or two when we let him out of the cellar. Thanks Jesse!