The Rise of Chardonnay in Central Willamette Valley

photos of top vineyard shot and Erica Landon and Ken Pahlow by Easton Richmond Photography; photo of chardonnay cluster by Stirling Fox.

“We started with pinot noir,” says Erica Landon of Walter Scott Wines. “Historically, you couldn’t get any money for chardonnay. In Willamette Valley, it was treated like a slightly higher-end pinot gris.” In 2008, when Landon founded Walter Scott with her husband, Ken Pahlow, “there wasn’t a whole lot of…

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This story appears in the print issue of October 2017.
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