Since 2004, Little’s DC office has held an annual Virginia Wine Tasting and Open House to celebrate with our clients and consultants, and to thank everyone for the wonderful year we’ve had working with them. It’s an awesome way to catch up in a non-meeting setting, and allows us to showcase the work we’re doing across our practice groups. Personally, I also think it’s an excellent way to make connections between projects and people, ’cause design-don’t-happen-in-no-vacuum, and great relationships and good communication are key to the success of any undertaking.
Our DC office is actually located just a couple of miles across the river in Arlington, VA, so we try our very best to support our local winemakers and brewers around the state, and we rotate wineries and varietals each year. This year, we featured Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay, and sparkling wines from Cobbler Mountain, Ox Eye, Otium, Pippin Hill, Crosskeys, and others. Our featured brewery for the year was Lost Rhino Brewing out in Ashburn, VA. And, we had toooons of food to go with all of the drink. We displayed some of the most recent work coming out of our office, including the new Unity Health Care Anacostia Clinic, American University’s East Campus, Altria Group, and Capital Area Food Bank. Pretty cool. And to add to the hijinks, we managed to snag Majestic Photobooth to make use of our office’s apparently tremendous capacity for storing hats and other props (Beth, our Studio Principal for Community in the DC office, has an especially prodigious collection).
(I have to add, that being kind of a wine novice, having a venue where you can hang out with people you know and learn a little bit more about the range of wines coming out of the region fairly effortlessly is pretty excellent. Like a normal wine-tasting but WAY better.)
But for now, on to the photos, taken by our very own (talented) Will Norton:
It’s a rockin’ good time every year, and we’re always glad to show off our office, work, and people a little. I like to think that this event also allows us to demonstrate why we do this, and our passion for and pride in our work. Hopefully, if you weren’t able to attend this year, we’ll see you next! And I’ll spare you the photos of the aftermath :P.