VinesLines Dispatch swings along Columbia River, Walla Walla Valley

By on November 19, 2019

Week three of Great Northwest Wine photojournalist Richard Duval’s tour of 2019 harvest takes him throughout the Pacific Northwest wine community.

On this swing, he captured harvest and crush activity for the 2019 vintage along the Columbia River Gorge, Horse Heaven Hills and Walla Walla Valley.

Chase Silcock carefully picks Roussanne at Idiot’s Grace Vineyard and Winery near Hood River, Ore. (Richard Duval Images)
Owner/winemaker Brian McCormick brings in Roussanne during the morning pick at Idiot’s Grace Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge community of Mosier, Ore. (Richard Duval Images)
During harvest, everyone works at Idiot’s Grace Vineyard and Winery, including Trevor Hertrich, sales and marketing director, who lends a hand in the Roussanne pick. (Richard Duval Images)
A bin of 2019 Roussanne, raised in the Columbia Gorge at Idiot’s Grace Vineyard in Mosier, Ore., begins to fill. (Richard Duval Images)
A full bin of Roussanne awaits pickup at Idiot’s Grace Vineyard near Mosier, Ore. (Richard Duval Images)
Owner/winemaker Brian McCormick, left, and Chase Silcock sort grapes at Idiot’s Grace Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge community of Mosier, Ore. (Richard Duval Images)
Richard Batchelor, celebrated winemaker for Maryhill Winery, inspects Merlot heading to the destemmer at the Goldendale, Wash., winery with production manager Dirk Richardson. (Richard Duval Images)
Maryhill winemaker Richard Batchelor inspects nearby Gunkel Vineyard, a long-time source in Goldendale, Wash. (Richard Duval Images)
Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills near Crow Butte Park brings in estate fruit from Destiny Ridge Vineyard. (Richard Duval Images)
The burdens of harvest – long days and nights, shifting and cruel weather – are visible in a Jarrod Boyle, owner/winemaker of award-winning Alexandria Nicole Cellars near Alderdale, Wash. (Richard Duval Images)
Cabernet Sauvignon is harvested by hand at Seven Hills Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley for L’Ecole No. 41. (Richard Duval Images)
Sadie Drury, viticulture manager for North Slope Management, confers with Shawn Horton of Woodinville’s young Glacier View Cellars at storied Seven Hills Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. (Richard Duval Images)
Tim and Jennifer Armstrong of Armstrong Family Winery, which they founded in Woodinville, Wash., take a moment to smile during the first harvest of their estate vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. (Richard Duval Images)
A sudden drop in overnight temperature spurs the pace of picking at Armstrong Family Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. (Richard Duval Images)
A full bin of 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon rests in the yard at Armstrong Family Winery’s estate in the Walla Walla Valley. (Richard Duval Images)
Kate Raymond, assistant winemaker at Spring Valley Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley, takes a sample to test the Brix and temperature of fermenting Cabernet Franc. (Richard Duval Images)
Spring Valley Vineyard drains a tank of Cabernet Franc. (Richard Duval Images)
Kate Raymond, assistant winemaker at Spring Valley Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley, inspects newly arrived Cabernet Franc for debris. (Richard Duval Images)
Head winemaker Serge Laville adds sulfur dioxide to a bin of whole cluster Syrah at Spring Valley Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. (Richard Duval Images)
Kate Raymond, assistant winemaker at Spring Valley Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley, punches down a tank of fermenting Cabernet Franc. (Richard Duval Images)
Kate Raymond, assistant winemaker at Spring Valley Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley, moves onto the next task during a busy day on the crush pad. (Richard Duval Images)

About Richard Duval

Wine photojournalist Richard Duval captures vivid wine imagery for Great Northwest Wine and other regional and national wine media, wine marketing organizations and an ever-growing number of wineries in the Pacific Northwest. View more of his work at http://www.winepix.net.

About Richard Duval

Wine photographer Richard Duval captures vivid wine imagery for Great Northwest Wine and other regional and national wine media such as Wine Spectator and Wine Business Monthly, wine marketing organizations and an ever-growing number of wineries in the Pacific Northwest. Chateau Ste. Michelle selected his image of its iconic chateau for the cover of its commemorative 50th anniversary book. Signature Wines and Wineries of Washington chose his image of Sagemoor Vineyard for its cover. His images are used extensively in marketing guides for Walla Walla, Woodinville, Yakima Valley, Cascade Valley and Red Mountain wine regions as well as the annual Washington Wine Guide. From his studio in Woodinville, Richard creates bottle shots and captures portraits of wine personalities. He also markets his wine work via WinePix, a line of personal greeting cards, and his “Art from the Vine” fine art exhibit which he stages in wine venues around Washington. View more of his work at http://www.winepix.net.

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