DMers Make Wine, Shoot Hoops for Q1 Fun

There’s nothing like getting out of our usual routine, right? DMers take it off-site once every quarter to do something surprising together. This time, we made—and tasted—wine, with the help of the team at The Purple Foot. And as always, we also got our March Madness on. Here are the highlights.

After a brief tutorial on wine making with Karen Lau of the Purple Foot, DMers got started. Here, Jimmy Pautz, Developer II, kicks off the process, which begins with pouring grape juice into a mixing container. Teammates Brad Wadsworth, Infrastructure Engineer, left, Noah Hildebrandt, Developer, and Matt Bartel, CEO and founder, look on.
After adding sugar and nutrients, it’s time to take a reading to estimate the alcohol content the wine will have at the end of fermentation. Here, Tim Bandt, Chief Strategy Officer, fills the hydrometer as teammates Scott Severtson, Enterprise Architect, left, David Sarnowski, Engagement Consultant, and Michael Rentas, Chief Technology Officer, look on.
Here, Aaron Seaman, Software Engineer, right, spins the float in the hydrometer as Lisa Wright, Chief Marketing Officer, left, and Laurisa Perlberg, Senior Engagement Consultant, take a reading.

 

Once our wines (red and white) were mixed, the Purple Foot team paired wines with foods to highlight the best blending of flavors. Here, Tom Wietzke, Developer III, Fox Steger, Engineer, Aaron, Jimmy and Chris Buss, Developer I, sample wine, cheese and other snacks.
It was a great afternoon of learning with our fellow DMers. Here, Marie, Matt and Meg Lemerond, Client Engagement Team Lead, toast a fun event.
What’s March Madness without mascots? Trivia buffs got a sheet of team logos (all DM clients at the big dance, of course) and had to name the school and mascot. Here, Julie Krueger, Office Administrator, and Gary Griffith, Infrastructure Engineer, puzzle over a logo.
Andrew Wiech, University Strategy Consultant, right, and Marie Farrell, Corporate Events Manager, shared the answers with trivia contestants.
DMers really got in the spirit of March Madness when Jimmy, left, and Chris Buss, Developer I, had a dunking contest ahead of a game of lightning hoops.
The lightning contest was fast and furious, but Adrian Moreno, Engagement Consultant, left, won it handily, though Charlie battled til the end.