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Oregon Wine History Archive Interview With Susan Teppola

In 2011, Linfield College established the Oregon Wine History Archive to collect and centralize the oral and digital history of the Oregon wine industry. Their archives include thousands of digitized photographs and documents that paint the picture of the nascent Oregon wine industry. 

Telling the story of the Oregon wine narrative is critical to preserving the rich history of this industry. What’s more exciting, all media collected are available for use by the general public. We are thrilled that Laurel Ridge Winery founder, Susan Teppola, gave an interview with the Oregon wine history archive in 2019. This 45-minute video tells you all about how David and Susan bought the 240 acre farm near Carlton, where the winery and tasting room are today.

You can watch the full video interview here. You can browse all additional oral wine history interviews conducted with the OWHA project here

Salad composed with chopped hazlenuts, dried figs, pinot noir balsamic dressing.

Pinot Noir Balsamic Salad Dressing

Perfect wine pairing: 2015 Pinot noir Cuvée.

This recipe was inspired by hot summer evenings when you just can’t. bring. yourself. to cook. Now, I totally understand… making a homemade salad dressing is the first thing you scratch from the to-do list on a busy weeknight. But, I promise you, Continue reading

View of grapevines with a winery and countryside in the distance.

Where is Carlton, Oregon and what is it all about?

Sign of Laurel Ridge Winery

The adorable wine town of Carlton is in the heart of Willamette Valley wine country and, although (perhaps) surrounded by more famous Oregon wine country towns like namely Dundee and McMinnville, Carlton has an identity all its own. As I love to tell people, it is a one blinking stop-light town with enough wineries, tasting rooms, and restaurants to keep you busy for days. Continue reading

Blueberry Pinot Noir Crisp

Suggested wine pairing: 2016 Barrel Select Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley AVA

Leftover wine is a rare occurrence in my household but when I have an extra splash from a bottle that’s been open a few days too many, I get to cooking. This recipe is all about nuance and depth. Calling for a full cup of Pinot noir, the result is a bowl of blueberry crisp that is warming, comforting, and delicately spiced.   Continue reading

Cluster of ripe Pinot noir grapes hanging on the vine.

Memories II: How Laurel Ridge became the seventh Oregon vineyard to have Phylloxera.

The story of the how the original Laurel Ridge vineyard became infected with phylloxera begins in 1974 when our founder, David Teppola, purchased a 240-acre farm in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country. The first grape vines were planted on the Laurel Ridge estate in 1980 but it hasn’t always been easy harvesting.

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Freshly stirred cesar salad dressing in a mason jar sitting in front of a salad bowl

The Best Pinot Noir Paired Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe

Suggested Wine Pairing: 2017 Barrel Select Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley AVA

Dressing makes the salad. There is nothing I love more than a fresh, zesty salad that adds that light, refreshing element to even the heartiest meal. When I am back home at my family’s vineyard in Carlton (a teeny wine town in the heart of Oregon’s wine country) there is no shortage of fresh, organic, local produce – perfect makings for any salad! My favorite Caesar Salad Dressing recipe is a delicious one that I spent a summer perfecting, and make all of the time as my standard go-to. In today’s world it sounds tedious and time consuming to make your own salad dressing from scratch, but it is well worth effort. You will be so happy to have this in your repertoire- trust me! Continue reading

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