Washingtonian – “Where Foodies Shop”
Are you a foodie? Want a four-star meal at home? First you need great ingredients—and you’ll find them all at Arrowine!
Arrowine – The wildly diverse, value-driven selection at this wine shop/cheese counter, not to mention the well-versed mongers manning it, makes it our favorite shop for a dairy fix—and education. Skip the usual Manchego and Gouda for more esoteric varietals. Do you like Brie? Try the Italian Langhe Castelbelbo. In the mood for Gruyère? Go for sharp L’Etivaz Reserve. While the shop stocks some domestic producers, such as Connecticut’s Cato Corner Farm, the collection skews European, with an especially large Swiss Alpine–style assortment.
Beer, Wine & Spirits
Arrowine – Doug Rosen’s shop prides itself on carrying lesser-known vineyards and small-quantity producers, though the 2,500 bottles include something for everyone (and at every price). Sign up for the weekly e-mail blasts, which alert you to good, inexpensive wines to purchase by the case or half case. And don’t miss the weekly wine tastings; Bill McKinney’s Italian tastings are especially insightful.