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2018 San Simeon Viognier Paso Robles

2018 San Simeon Viognier Paso Robles

Here’s an interesting Costco wine find.  We’ve been on a bit of a Paso Robles kick and have reviewed more reds, and the occasional white, mainly the Daou Chardonnay, which is what we’ve found available at Costco so far.

The only other Viognier I’ve tasted from Paso Robles that comes to mind was one I had last summer from Miner, and I really enjoyed that bottle (I didn’t find it at Costco, ordered from the vineyard direct and it was around $25).

San Simeon Viognier

This Paso Robles Viognier from San Simeon is priced online around $19 ( and is $14.99 at Costco. Wine Spectator gave the wine 92 points, and Wine Enthusiast has given other vintages of the wine 90 point scores as well; so it should be fun to get in and see what this one is all about.

The wine pours a medium to deep gold with vibrant citrus fruit on nose; it is medium to full in body and absolutely loaded with flavor including orange, apricot, tangerine and peach; there’s a nice minerality throughout and a touch of oak into the finish.

This is a really fun wine with a lot going on and is a nice change of pace from the usual lineup of white wines.  I’ve always enjoyed Viognier, especially in the hot summer months here in Atlanta, but this one hit the spot on a colder night as well. Rating: 89 points

Costco item number: 1002508

Alc. 14.9%

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Harry Andreas

Wednesday 3rd of March 2021

Went to Costco today to look for this wine and was told there’s nothing in the system. When will this viognier be available?

Bill Pendergast

Saturday 20th of February 2021

I can't figure out who actually makes this wine. Googling "San Simeon Winery" brings no info. Any ideas?


Saturday 20th of February 2021

Hi Bill. The San Simeon wines are created by the Riboli family. Here’s a bunch of info that I found on

“The seaside town of San Simeon embodies the image of California’s Central Coast: rugged shorelines, ocean breezes, and the majestic Pacific Ocean. The mission is to handcraft every bottle of San Simeon wine to reveal its Central Coast origins. San Simeon grapes are grown on coastally influenced vineyards in Paso Robles and Monterey. Shaped by oceanic weather patterns and grown in rocky calcareous soil, each San Simeon varietal is bold and unapologetic in its intensity and craftsmanship. The Riboli Family has made a steadfast commitment to producing the highest quality grapes from estate vineyards in two of the most prestigious regions along California’s central coast: Monterey and Paso Robles. San Simeon Wines sourced from Monterey and Paso Robles estate vineyards are meticulously farmed to yield grapes with concentrated flavors and aromas and our winemaking techniques create unique wines of the highest quality and character. They pay special attention to the cultivation of their vineyards, confident you’ll taste the fruits of their passion in the complexity of their wines.”

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