Putting the “Fun” in “Fun Event”

By Claire Burke

We’re not a regular public relations agency, we’re a fun public relations agency. 

One of the quotes often heard in the office is “we work hard and play hard in the Bay Area.” Each quarter we take a break from pitching media, redesigning websites, and drafting social media content to get out of the office for a team “fun event.” Whether we’re visiting the Museum of Ice Cream or seeing the musical Aladdin at the Orpheum theater, as long as our team is having fun, it is deemed a successful event. Most recently, I experienced my favorite fun event I’ve been a part of since joining the UPRAISE team – wine tasting!

As the rain clouds cleared, we thought a day spent wine tasting in Sonoma was the dose of fun (and sun!) we needed. We’re spoiled to be so close to some of the most famous wine destinations in the world.

As we entered Sonoma, our first stop was to pick up some sandwiches at Carneros Deli, a small local sandwich shop. Once our orders were complete and ready to go, we made our way to the first winery of the tour, Larson Family Winery. A family of Labradors greeted us and also kept us company as we set up a picnic. We definitely got our much-needed wine and dog therapy at this stop. Here at UPRAISE, we are pros at multitasking. This time we put that skill to use by playing corn hole and playing with dogs – all while wine tasting.

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Next stop, Buena Vista Winery! As one of the oldest wineries in Sonoma, Buena Vista surely did not disappoint. With its beautiful cabin-feel tasting room and delicious Pinot Noir, we enjoyed the second wine stop – to the very last drop, might I add. We highly recommend taking a visit to this beautiful piece of land if you ever find yourself in Sonoma.

The last, and my personal favorite, stop of the day was at Gundlach Bunschu where we went on a cave tour. One of the family members led the tour, where he showed us the cave barrel room. He told us the story of the winery’s recent survival from the horrific Sonoma/Napa fires. Gundlach Bunschu was extremely close to being engulfed in flames. To this day, the owners of the winery do not fully understand how their business and homes are still standing. He told us how the family members were personally watering fields as the fire got closer. The tour left an impact on all of us.

It’s reassuring to be part of a team that believes in working hard, but also in having fun.

Have any recommendations for our next fun event? Share with us in a comment below!

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