Arrowine and Cheese – Arlington, VA
Doug started his wine career in 1977 working at Cheese and Bottle, in the very spot where Arrowine is now. He has worked for most of the leading wine shops in the area, Pearson's, Central Liquor, Larimer's Market and Morris Miller. While at Morris Miller, Doug developed over 20 exclusive winery relationships, bringing such wineries as Au Bon Climat, Qupe, Babcock, Rosenblum, Nalle, Claiborne and Churchill, Storrs, Hop Kiln, Lazy Creek and many others to the D.C. market.In 1993, he took a six-year hiatus from the wine industry, and as part of the management team helped to successfully establish Starbucks on the East Coast.While at Starbucks, Doug took several trips to France on his own time and dime to taste wines with his friend, importer Robert Kacher. These trips convinced him that his heart was still in the wine business, so in 1999 he became the managing partner of Arrowine and shortly thereafter bought out his partners.Doug has made Arrowine a destination for wine and food lovers. He travels at least three times a year to wine-producing countries to find high quality and value wine, many of which are exclusive to Arrowine. He has been quoted in the International Wine Cellar and has been a guest on WAMU's "Kojo Nnamdi Show."
Shemsedin "Shem" HassenVice President
A refugee from war-torn Ethiopia, Shemsedin Hassen (Shem) arrived in the United States in 1987 with literally nothing. The son of a politician, Shem was trained as an electrician, but first found work in the U.S. as a bus boy at the Holiday Inn on Rhode Island Avenue. In 1989, he applied for a job as a stock person at Northwest Washington's Morris Miller Wine & Liquors. Then-manager Doug Rosen discovered that Shem was a natural, having the finest palate he had ever encountered and began introducing him to the world of fine wine.Shem spent more than a decade at Morris Miller, becoming a co-owner of the Washington, DC, institution in 1996. He has combined his passion for and knowledge of wine with a keen business acumen. In 2004, he joined Doug Rosen again; this time as his partner at Arrowine.Shem has traveled extensively, seeking out quality and value for his wine customers. While he favors no particular country, Shem has a depth of knowledge in wines from California and Bordeaux.
Jim ParlettSpecialty Food Buyer
Jim's father once remarked, "You want cheese on everything.", so it was apparent early on that he really loved cheese. Growing up in Northern Virginia in the 80's offered little in the way of exciting cheese options, but on a trip to England at age 14, Jim discovered what good cheddar really was. Working at Whole Foods as both a cheese and beer buyer broadened those flavor horizons even further. Moving to Maine in 2003, Jim started working in a deli, where he picked up some skills with the slicer. Now with 15 years of experience in specialty cheese, deli and grocery retail, Jim brings his passion and knowledge for great food back to Arlington.
Chuck HessWeb Developer / Tech Consultant
Chuck left a career in hotels for the finer things in life. Living in Oregon's Willamette Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area gave Chuck an early education in wine. Working in hotels, he quickly befriended sommeliers, feeding his wine hobby and interests. Many trips to California's Napa and Sonoma Valleys helped to develop his early palate. Later in life, he returned to Oregon and further developed his love for wine with some of Oregon's best Pinot Noir producers.Living in Oregon also has its benefits in regards to craft beer considering Portland has the most breweries per-capita of any U.S. city. Chuck has been to breweries up and down the West Coast as well as Colorado and of course, the East Coast.Beginning in 2009, Chuck managed a small fine wine shop in Northern Virginia. Then in 2012 he took up management of a top-notch artisan cheese shop in DC. He began working at Arrowine in January of 2013.Chuck has extensive knowledge in craft beer as well as wine. His knowledge of American artisan cheese gives him a distinct advantage when it come to wine and beer pairings.He now provides Tech Consulting and manages Arrowine's website.Chuck resides in the "Napa Valley of beers" - Boulder, CO with his wife and daughter.
Jim CuttsWine Consultant
Jim first became seriously interested in wine more than 15 years ago. He was in law school in Richmond, VA, needed a part-time job to earn a little money, saw an ad about a part-time job at a wine shop, and thought it sounded like fun. It didn't take Jim long to realize he loved it! When he graduated and moved to Falls Church, he was out of the wine business for several years, but still liked to talk about wine, read about wine, travel to wineries, and drink good wine with friends whenever possible. Though he was practicing law, he regularly shopped at Arrowine. It was a fun place to spend time (and money) and in 2001 he joined Arrowine as a part-timer, helping out on evenings and weekends when his legal practice allowed. That's when he really "caught the bug" and in 2002, Jim became part of Arrowine's full-time staff.Jim is interested in all kinds of wine, and enjoys when a customer tells him that a wine he recommended made a meal better; whether it was a $6.99 red wine that made Tuesday night's spaghetti dinner seem kind of special or a single vineyard Barolo that made a 20th Anniversary dinner even more memorable. Jim's particular vinous passion is for the wines of Italy. He has traveled to Italy each of the last 7 years and attended VinItaly in 2006 and 2007. Italy's wine scene is incredibly vast, diverse, and fast changing and Jim's knowledge and contacts in the area help keep Arrowine's Italian selections fresh, current, and exciting, the best in the area.
Bill WattsWine Consultant
Bill’s wine experience began when he was in his teens with his parents at home drinking First Growth Bordeaux, which in the sixties went for $4 to $5 a bottle! Bill started his first “cellar” in an Alexandria condo in the late '70s and has gone on from there.After retiring from International Banking in 2007, he joined the wine staff at Rick’s Wineand Gourmet. After several months there he moved on to Arrowine in 2008, specializingin affordable, value wines from around the world and the up and coming Virginia wine scene. He still retains his love of the finer wines from Italy, Spain, and France.
Neal began his career as a cheesemonger in 2004. With no previous knowledge of cheese and charcuterie, he was taught by one of the most renowned and respected cheesemongers there ever was, Aldo Molina. Born and raised in Virginia, Neal's interest in food began shortly after attending Roanoke College.Growing up he received the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 18. He also graduated from Blue Ridge School, a private school in Saint George, Virginia. Married to Jessica with little Wren at home. He's the proud owner of a French Bulldog named Lucy and a dachshund named Mavis.
David is an Arlington native schooled at HB Woodlawn then Virginia Commonwealth in Richmond. Growing up with a trained chef as a father he was able to expand his pallet from an early age. At a beer pairing in Leesburg he learned how a fine cheese and charcuterie plate could enhance some of his favorite ales. From there his love and interest of cheese grew. A zesty blue with a smoky porter or a rich triple cream with a fruity framboise are some of his favorite recommendations.
Emily is an Arlington native who attended Nottingham, Williamsburg, Yorktown, and NOVA. While attending college, she got a part-time job at Arrowine and fell in love with cheese. One of her favorite things to do is make a big breakfast for her family to enjoy. She loves making delicious French omelets, especially with Rotundo Dolce prosciutto, an assortment of cheese, and sun-dried tomatoes. She prefers a sweeter palate and absolutely loves to pair her favorite cheeses with honey, especially an ash-ripened goats milk. And in the morning, she's making waffles!
Aaron RosenDirector of Business Development
Aaron grew up at Arrowine, working in the family business since he was 12. Aaron went to Yorktown High School and The George Washington University, where he studied Geography and Sustainability. Aaron's love for food started at an early age. Instead of watching cartoons, he watched The Food Network. Aaron spent two years in high school enrolled in the Arlington Career Center's Culinary Arts program. He received a gold medal at Skills USA and the Academic Achievement Award. If you're looking for a good IPA or an Oregon Pinot Noir he's happy to recommend a favorite.