Wine Helps 2017 Is Over

See You Again - Fall 2018!

Drink a Little, 
Help a Lot

September 19, 2017 | 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
NRECA Building | 4301 Wilson Blvd Arlington, VA 22203
Limited Free Parking after 5:00 PM - Enter Garage from Taylor St.


Last week on Tuesday we held the Second Annual Wine Helps! wine tasting for charity. We had greater attendance than last year, and preliminary figures indicate we made about $12,000 to support next year’s community service and international programs. President David Sutfin presented a check for $5,000 to Andrew Schneider, President of this year’s Featured Charity, “Arlington Thrive.”

Wine Helps! photos by Mark Van Burgh for On Tap Magazine.
Here's the gallery from the event



Up to 20 Wines, Plus Cheeses and Charcuterie
Provided by Arrowine & Cheese


By Allspice Cafe/Catering | Mezeh | Lebanese Taverna | And Others


Win Dinner for 8 With Wine Pairings at Proof


The Jazz Duo Stylings of Boaté & Ajluni


Raising Money for this Year's Featured Charity: Arlington Thrive

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Tasting - Wine & More


Twenty different wines will be available for tasting, as well as a selection of fine cheeses and charcuterie, all generously provided by Arrowine & Cheese of Arlington (scroll down for more info on Arrowine). You can order your favorite wines and deli items at a discount, for later pickup at the store.

Selections of wines are determined very shortly before the event, depending upon variety, availability, and the vagaries of customs processing, so we can't say right now exactly what wines will be on hand. However, you can be assured of a varied range of different types, styles, origins, and prices.  Last year's selection, for example, comprised reds, whites, rosés, and bubblies from France, Italy, Austria, U.S., Germany, Argentina and others, whose discounted sale prices ranged from 8.99 to $ 39.99.  There's a great wine for everybody here.  


Doug Rosen, Owner, Arrowine (pictured below, serving wine), says:

Arrowine Owner Doug Rosen pouring samples for our guests.We are a “neighborhood” store with a national reputation. We taste between 400 and 600 wines a month to select the best wines and wine values for our customers. We travel to the wineries to hand select what we sell. We carry hard-to-find wines with character and uniqueness that speak of the place that they were grown in. We are about wines that offer “real value.”  We support artisan wine makers, organic agriculture and hand harvesting.

Our dedicated and passionate staff will cater to customers at any level of interest, consulting with you to select the perfect wine to fit your taste, meal, and budget, whether it’s for your book club, wine-tasting club, dinner at home or to cellar for years. We can also special order wines for you. All you have to do is ask.

Our prices are competitive and often the lowest in the country. We negotiate the best price from distributors and pass that savings along to our customers. And our email offerings provide even greater discounts directly to you.   A wine doesn’t have to be expensive; it has to offer real value and taste good.

Our goal at Arrowine is to foster a welcoming environment that encourages people to explore. It’s a place to learn, enjoy, and have fun.  Our products need to offer real value and taste good.  And we work harder than our competition to bring that to you!



Need a bit more than a nibble?  Well of course!  In addition to the charcuterie and cheese tasting items offered by Arrowine & Cheese, there will be eats and treats from fine Arlington businesses.  AllSpice Cafe & Catering, Mezeh Mediterranean Grill, and Lebanese Taverna, will provide most of the food for the evening (part of it kindly donated).  See under "Food" for more info.




Our Cause

Why “Wine Helps!”  ?
Wine Helps, now in its second year, is the Arlington Rotary Club’s effort to create a unique, fun event that will help raise funds to meet needs in our community. Each year, we will select a deserving, effective non-profit community service organization which will receive a large portion of the funds we raise. Funds raised beyond our target amount for the “featured charity” also go 100% to support other good causes operated by us or by others, for example our Arlington Rotary Educational Foundation, which provides two different types of scholarships to students graduating from Arlington high schools, incidental funds to bolster Arlington school-related programs (science, athletics), or local organizations like the Arlington Academy of Hope or Arlington Food Assistance Center.
This year, we have chosen Arlington Thrive as our Featured Charity.   

What Is Arlington Thrive?

Arlington Thrive’s unique role in Arlington is to provide same-day emergency financial assistance to County residents who experience sudden financial crisis such as temporary unemployment or illness.  For those of limited means, such unpredictable needs can disrupt a family’s well-being.
Arlington thrives when:
  • Its residents meet their basic needs.
  • Neighbors help neighbors in need.
  • We stop homelessness before it begins.
  • Children sleep in their own beds in their own homes.
  • Residents are not forced to decide between seeking medical care and paying the electric bill.
  • Elderly people enjoy a comfortable retirement, rather than the insecurity of not knowing whether they can pay the next month’s rent.


The evening's food is being provided by:

Allspice Cafe & Catering, a favorite location for American, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Asian, Upscale and Casual Gourmet. Allspice Catering’s personable staff, attention to detail and prompt delivery takes away the work and the worry so that you can relax. They make your life easier. Special thanks to the owners of Allspice Cafe & Catering for their generous donation and support of Wine Helps! for two years.

Mezeh Mediterranean Grill food is made in house every day from all natural and fresh ingredients to ensure that they do not contain any additives or preservatives. Their team members are passionate about supporting the local causes that are important to their guests. Special thanks to Patrick Mika, Mezeh Catering & Marketing Director, for their donation.

Lebanese Taverna, after nearly four decades in the national capital region, the Abi-Najm family has won the hearts and taste buds of foodies all over town. Today, the Lebanese TavernaGroup owns and operates 12 locations around the Washington D.C. Metro area, and has been recognized for the very best Mediterranean cuisine. Lebanese Taverna is happy to support local charitable organizations. Special thanks to the Abi-Najm family for their donation.


Boaté & Ajluni Duo

The Boaté & Ajluni Duo is a Baltimore-based acoustic jazz duo.
Tim Boaté and Anthony Ajluni have been playing music together since they met in 2012, while attending the University of Maryland. Their friendship is rooted in a shared love of a playing guitar, and a diverse list of music heroes ranging from Django Reinhardt to Wes Montgomery, Paul Simon, Tommy Emmanuel, The Grateful Dead, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder and many others. Together, they present a versatile yet distinct sound; crafting beautiful instrumental acoustic renditions ranging from pop classics, to folk, bluegrass, jazz, bossa, gypsy and more.



       Pêché Mignon   







Kim and Dave Durand
Sherry and Bud Rock


Gary and Janice Long
Steve and Karen Klemp
Phil Traina
Carol Sutfin



Raffle Prize

Dinner for Eight at Proof

The Arlington Rotary Club is offering a chance to win a four course chef's tasting menu with wine pairings for eight at Proof, a Penn Quarter chic, rustic dining destination offering an eclectic selection of creative modern cuisine, a wine list of 1,000 different wines and 40 by-the-glass wines that was just won the 2017 RAMMY award for Best Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year.  Sales tax and gratuity are included making for a total prize value of $1,300. Maybe you will be the lucky winner who is able to share a wonderful meal prepared by Executive Chef Austin Fausett showcasing the diverse food and wines his kitchen has carefully selected with seven of your friends or family for the price of a $10 raffle ticket....or buy several tickets to increase your odds!

Special thanks to Jason Kuller, President & CEO, for making this offer possible.