Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon Interview



Schmidt, Rich

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Video File


1 hour 20 minutes 29 seconds

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Oral History | Viticulture and Oenology


This interview is an oral history conducted by Linfield College archivist Rich Schmidt with Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon of Walter Scott Wines. The interview took place at Walter Scott Wines in Salem, Oregon on August 6, 2019.

Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon are the co-founders of Walter Scott Wines, where Pahlow is the winemaker and Landon is the general manager. In this interview, Pahlow and Landon talk about how they each got into the wine business, as well as the huge amount of support they had as they pursued Walter Scott Wines. They discuss the property for the winery, the process of learning and understanding wine, and the various places they've worked at previously. The couple then speaks about what is so special about the Willamette Valley, what they look for when forging relationships with others in the industry, and their involvement with Chardonnay. Pahlow and Landon describe their winemaking philosophy of "showing off the place with every vintage," their involvement in various industry organizations as part of giving back to the community, the future for Walter Scott Wines, and what they see for the future of the Oregon wine industry in general.


Some oral history interviews were conducted on site and may contain background noise from nature, winery, or tasting room operations.