As wineries and tasting rooms started to work amidst pandemic restrictions, contributing photographer Richard Duval began his long-delayed travels around the Washington wine community. Keeping to all precautions and staying within the restrictions of the regions, he’s made brief forays to eastern Washington wine country, including a rich (and solo) morning to Double D Vineyard, the estate vineyard of  Rocky Pond Winery.

Situated along the Columbia River just south of Chelan against the backdrop of the craggy the Entiat Mountains, the vineyard has long been a favorite stop for Duval. This particular morning underscored the reasons.

“It was a perfect temperature and soft morning light poured like honey along the rows from where winemaker Shane Collins makes his magic,” Duval said. “A wonderful morning that uplifted my spirits and reminded me yet again of the beauty and the resiliency of Washington wine country.”

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