Awards and Accolades


2017 Petite Sirah Estate Block VI

Platinum | 94 points 

Best in Class | Best Petite Sirah

2020 Sommelier's Challenge 

 Defiance has tamed the beast that is your typical Petite Sirah, which can be wickedly tannic at times.  This one has ample tannins but they are nicely integrated, ripe and supple, and don’t diminish the beautiful blueberry, blackberry and black currant notes that make this Petite Sirah so impressive.  A Platinum Award winner at the 2020 Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition.   
94 Robert Whitley Sep 15, 2020

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Block 1


Platinum | 94 points

2021 Monterey International Wine Competition

Gold | 90 points

2020 Sommelier's Challenge 



2019 Malbec Rosé Estate Block V


2021 SF Chronicle Wine Competition

2018 Whipper - In 

Estate Bordeaux Blend


2021 Central Coast Wine Competition 

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Radio Interviews

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"In a new edition of David’s “You Too, Can Be A Winemaker,” David talks with Erin Faulkner of Defiance Vineyard in the Paso Robles wine region, about her family’s journey into winemaking, and their methods of learning the grape-growing and winemaking industries. Their Cabernet Sauvignon really “wow’ed” David, and they have a fascinating story, still in the making…"

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 If you have any doubts, consider this; both wines just received top honors at one of America’s most prestigious wine competitions. In fact, the Petite Sirah was named Best in Class among a crowded field of entries. Daughter Erin Faulkner joins David on this episode of Grape Encounters to share this amazing story about two wines that beat all odds to become true rock stars! It’s an amazing success story that you won’t want to miss!