written by Carrie Wynkoop of Cellar 503
Leaves are turning as we drive through the hills outside of Salem. Look closely, or you’ll pass the small driveway leading to Walter Scott Wines and miss out on a hidden gem. Perched atop rolling hills of vines just starting to show fall’s yellow in the afternoon sun, this is the home of Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon, the husband-and-wife team behind Walter Scott Wines.
Between them, they have more than twenty years’ experience in every aspect of the wine industry. Pahlow helped make wine for some of the Willamette Valley’s best-known producers—St. Innocent, Patricia Green and Evening Land Vineyards—and distributed and sold wine throughout the region. Landon comes from the world of wine education, teaching certification classes for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. She also comes from the restaurant industry, curating wine lists for Blue Hour, Ten 01, and other Portland restaurants.
They dreamed of owning their own winery. In 2012, that dream became a reality. Pahlow and Landon found a perfect plot in the Eola-Amity Hills leased from the Casteel family of Bethel Heights Vineyards. They then secured grape contracts from some of the most sought-after vineyards.
Today, Walter Scott Wines is best known for producing elegant, single-vineyard pinot noir and Chardonnay from the Eola-Amity Hills, and truly representing the terroir from each site. Their blends bring together fruit from multiple sites that complement and highlight each other. Priced affordably, these Willamette Valley blends are named La Combe Verte as an homage to well-known winemaker Patricia Green, who encouraged them to start their own project and housed their efforts for several years.
We are excited to feature the La Combe Verte Chardonnay as one of our December selections. It will be the perfect addition to any holiday meal.