It’s that time again. Our twice-yearly Risk/Reward Sale launches today. For those new to Wingtip, this is not your typical sale. Escalating markdowns are common, but with most stores, you don’t have any notice when the sale might increase from 30% off to 40% off, or from 50% to final markdowns. With our Risk/Reward sale, it couldn’t be more transparent.
Three Things I Learned In Scotland
Edinburgh is a majestic city. While most of my time was spent at legendary distilleries, I kicked off my trip in Edinburgh, and boy was it amazing. We stayed in a hotel three blocks from the castle in old town. The streets are beyond cobblestone. They are old, and I mean older than our country, or at least they feel that way. Everywhere you look feels like you are in a postcard from the Middle Ages.Posted on June 30, 2015 by Brian MacGregor
Summer TV Style Report
It’s officially summer, time for hiking, camping, swimming, and surfing—the channels, that is. Until recently, no exec in their right mind would have aired new shows during the summer, but since the idea of a “TV Season” has been disrupted by binge-watching, multi-year-hiatuses, and mini-seasons, summer has become fertile territory, and there’s a wealth of exciting—and stylishly entertaining—material to consume. Let’s take a look.Posted on June 29, 2015 by Tim Niven
Enjoying a Dunhill Cabinetta 1989
Another trip to London, another stop to the Dunhill Tobacconist at the corner of St. James and Pall Mall. The shop, which opened just a little over a year ago, has a beautiful and somewhat modern humidor and wall of cigar lockers along with a world class selection of cigars. On my last visit, I tried… Read more »Posted on June 28, 2015 by Ami
One Noisy Night Of San Francisco Music
How much music can fit into one night? That depends on how carefully you plan. Last Saturday I sampled some opera, jazz, and disco. It could have been rap, hardcore, and bluegrass, I suppose, but I was in the mood for opera, jazz, and disco. In that order. This is a recap of a night spent checking in on San Francisco’s musical grand buffet. At 5:30pm, I bought a standing room ticket for San Francisco Opera’s “Les Troyens” (The Trojans). Composer Hector Berlioz based the work on Virgil’s epic poem, “The Aeneid,” and the undertaking was so massive it had to be split into two separate operas, each with their own curtain call.Posted on June 25, 2015 by davidmacfaddenelliott
Tempranillo Advocates: The Grand Tasting
Tempranillo grapes were first planted in California in the 1700s by Spanish Missionaries. As a wine, Tempranillo is noted for berry fruit, minerality, and an earthy character. Depending on where it is grown and how it is produced, it can be light like Pinot Noir or big and dry like Cabernet. In late April, the Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS) held their annual tasting under the Spanish tiled roof of the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio. There, guests sampled different expressions of Tempranillo–from California, sure, but also Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.Posted on June 22, 2015 by Peter Fielder
Lay it on me.
The next James Bond film, “Spectre,” is still four months from release, but news hit this week that suggests the hunt for the next James Bond is on. British bookmaker William Hill, who offer betting opportunities on everything from horse-races/elections to the names of the royal babies, slashed the odds on the likelihood of Homeland actor Damian Lewis getting the next 007 assignment after Daniel Craig. Down from 25/1 to 2/1, (all odds current as of press time), Lewis is the odds-on favorite in a brawny pool of MI6 probables that includes Idris Elba (11/4), Tom Hardy (7/2), and Michael Fassbender (7/1).Posted on June 19, 2015 by Tim Niven
WhistlePig Old World Series Is the Latest Endeavor from the King Of Rye
“WhistlePig let me do a lot of bizarre things,” recalls Master Distiller Dave Pickerell while introducing the WhistlePig Old World Series to a table of guests at Wingtip on a recent Friday night. “Without knowing if it was going to be any good or not, we just loaded up a bunch of barrels. [Then] I went to the bartender community, because I believe in their pulse. The first round of responses was, The two sherry finishes are nice, but they’re not on par with the other three. So we set those aside [and] started to focus on the Sauternes, the Madeira, and the Port finishes.”Posted on June 19, 2015 by davidmacfaddenelliott
TV? Or not TV? That is the question.
I love conversation. I love reading. And I love TV. I like good comedy, great drama, live sports, and the news. So there are times when I prefer to be kept up-to-the-minute with current events on TV, and there are times when I prefer to be present with company without the distraction of a TV (or, often, multiple TVs).Posted on June 16, 2015 by Ami
Sperry Shoe Tattoos: Q&A With Tattooer Dominic Vasquez
Wingtip: How similar is the process of tattooing shoes to tattooing skin?
Dominic Vasquez: It’s similar mostly because leather is essentially skin. Although the shoes won’t move or complain if it hurts, it’s still quite a challenge!
WT: We likened the Sperry shoe tattoos to art by Sailor Jerry. Is that accurate? Could you give some background on the designs you’ll be tattooing on shoes at the event?
DV: As far as what I will be tattooing at the event, I generally like to reference material that is older than Sailor Jerry. Not that Sailor Jerry is bad, but I like the look of earlier American tattooing. I can always rely on influence by Christian warlock, Owen Jensen, Tom Berg, and Milton Zeis. Not to mention, Ed Hardy is still one of the biggest influences on traditional American tattooing. Ed has had his hand in every major apex in modern tattooing, and he can still be found spreading his knowledge in the SF art scene.Posted on June 15, 2015 by davidmacfaddenelliott