The Wingtip Cellar Collection, Featuring the Coravin Wine Preservation System

The Club at Wingtip is pleased to announce a vast expansion of the wines by-the-glass program in the club.

Our new Wine Directors, Michael Hildbold and Adam Ono, have created the Wingtip Cellar Collection: 20+ rare, old, or otherwise prestigious wines to pour by the taste and by the glass using the Coravin wine preservation system.

The Coravin system perfectly preserves wines, allowing Wingtip to offer an incredible range that would not normally be available by-the-glass. The Wingtip Cellar Collection will be offered Tuesday through Friday nights, poured tableside by our sommeliers.

The Coravin system works by accessing wines without ever opening the bottles. The device pierces the cork with a thin needle and lightly pressurizes the inside of the bottle with neutral argon gas, which forces wine out the needle and into the glass. After the needle is withdrawn, the cork seals up, leaving a headspace inside the bottle filled with argon gas which protects the wine from oxidation. Preservation is further ensured by storing the bottles upright in a temperature-controlled environment.

The Wingtip Cellar Collection includes a mix of flavor profiles and price points, some which are well-known and others less so. This ranges from high-end Champagne, domestic chardonnay and white Burgundy, to old Napa cabernet, Bordeaux, Rhone, and Italian Brunello. The wines chosen are a sampling of the extraordinary selection available on the first floor at the Bank Of Wine & Spirits.

Here are just a few of Michael and Adam’s favorite selections:

  • Vougeraie Vougeout 1er Cru ‘Le Clos Blanc’ 2007
  • Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
  • Rauzan-Segla Margaux 1990
  • Pavie Saint-Emilion 2006
  • Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello ‘Sugarille’ 1999
  • Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 1986
  • Warre’s Vintage Port 1963

“Our inspiration for the project came from a desire to create the kind of glass list we would like to see offered more frequently,” says Hildbold (pictured below-left).

“The list is heavily made up of old wines that usually cannot be poured by the glass due to their delicacy. The Coravin technology allows us to showcase beautiful, fully mature offerings that are some of our favorite wines to enjoy.”

“The goal is always to provide something that is unique to Wingtip,” adds Ono. “With the Coravin program, we have the opportunity to provide members with outstanding selections that would be almost unheard of by the glass in any other establishment in San Francisco or the country.”

All of the wines featured in the Wingtip Cellar Collection, as well as the Coravin preservation system, are available for retail purchase at The Bank of Wine and Spirits at the Wingtip Flagship (550 Montgomery St.).

“We hope to see you in the Club at Wingtip very soon so we can share these spectacular wines,” says Ono. “And if you enjoy them as much as we do, take them home to your own cellar or add them to your wine locker in our Wine Caves.”


If you would like to learn more about the Coravin system, please take a look at this link or ask Michael and Adam about their experiences with Coravin the next time you are in the Club or the Bank.

About The Wine Directors

Michael Hildbold graduated from the Cornell Hotel School in 2008 and has been working with wine since. He has held positions as a floor sommelier and beverage director for the Ritz Carlton, direct-to-consumer manager for Ladera vineyards in Napa, and general manager and wine director of Venticello restaurant in Nob Hill before joining the wingtip team. He is a certified sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Adam Ono began his career in retail wine sales and over the past ten years has held positions in wine buying, winemaking in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, sommelier and most recently Director of Retail Operations and Wine Director for Future Beverage Inc. (Bourbon & Branch group) in San Francisco. Adam is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers.

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David is Wingtip's storyteller. In addition to editing the Modern Gentleman's Blog, he has written for Wax Poetics, The Source, SF Weekly, and the East Bay Express, and others. His inspirations include Rumble Fish, Paul's Boutique, and Balzac. He studied English at the City University of New York at Hunter College and journalism at the University of Southern California. He lives in Berzerkeley with his wife and daughter.

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