As the chill settles in over San Francisco, you may see Wingtip’s roving gourmand Matt Gill recommending a cup of Lapsang Souchang tea. It’s not just hot, but it’s smoked. Gill describes its flavors as reminiscent of “cigars and campfire.” We’re enchanted.
Last night, in an emerging Wingtip tradition, members were treated to a private screening of the latest James Bond film, “Spectre.” Guests enjoyed a medley of skewers, bruschetta, and cocktails. As expected, outfits ranged from your standard evening wear to classic Bond character renderings, such as Dr. Holly Goodhead and Emilio Largo. (For the record, your humble neighborhood journalist wore a midnight blue evening jacket with peak lapels and blue satin trim, a wing-collar tuxedo shirt, black trousers, a slim black bow tie, and a white pocket square.)
You may have stumbled upon his Lower Nob Hill watering hole; you may have had his signature cocktail, The Laughing Buddha; you may have even discussed the history of San Francisco cocktails with him. For those who don’t know, we’re talking about Duggan McDonnell, “the new dean of western cocktail writing,” who, after seven years of operating Cantina on a foundation of farmer’s market produce and historical cocktail wisdom has summed up his knowledge thus far in a tome called “Drinking the Devil’s Acre: A Love Letter from San Francisco and her Cocktails.”
Anchor is America’s first and oldest craft brewery, with roots dating back to the California gold rush. Even with the efficient beer production technologies of today, Anchor still handcrafts its beers from an all-malt mash in its traditional copper brewhouse in Portrero Hill. Walking into Anchor’s facility transports you back to 1965 when Fritz Maytag, of the clothes washer fame, purchased the failing brewery. There is the original bar where customers could buy beer directly from the brewery. The smell of malted, heated cereal fills the air. Even the name, Anchor Steam, evokes a different time and approach to beer.
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. Twenty-plus rare, old, or otherwise prestigious wines to pour by the taste and by the glass using the Coravin wine preservation system. This system perfectly preserves the wines, allowing Wingtip to offer such an incredible range. The Wingtip Cellar Collection will be offered Tuesday through Friday nights, poured tableside by our sommeliers.
1st Course: Oysters with Dukes Citadelle Gin Martini
2nd Course: Padron Peppers with French 75
3rd Course: Jerked Chicken with Stiggins’ Pineapple Allspice Rum Daiquiri
4th/Digestive Course: Cheese Pairing with Pierre Ferrand Reserve 20-year
Every Thursday for the past year, Matt Gill has been rolling a cart around the club, full of specially selected cheeses. Some selections are tied to a specific theme, like goat’s milk or all blue cheeses or even Halloween pairings (e.g. brie and cotton candy). July was spent lasering in on all-American cheese. Other weeks, Gill just picks what he likes, what he wants to share with club members. On those days, just listen and hold on. On those days, just listen and hold on. Gill will enchant you with his ripened testimony until everything goes quiet and you sail away on the seas of cheese. His passion for cheese and its related specialty foods knows no bounds. Except camel. He’s not totally sold on artisanal camel meat–yet.
Wingtip had the distinct pleasure of hosting the San Francisco chapter of Red Bar for their latest meet-up. The group of watch collectors visited our recently-renovated wine cave, and, in between sips of Balvenie and Glenfiddich, the eagle-eyed fanatics perused each other’s collections. Featured guest Michael Pearson, North America director of Bremont Chronometers, showed off the wares of the five-year-old watch brand, which fused Swiss Aviation watch tradition with UK style. The custom watchbands by Johnny Straps also had the crowd ogling. See the gallery after the jump.
We here at Wingtip strive to do things in a certain traditional way. We make Manhattans the way they have always been made. We make Old Fashioneds the old fashioned way. We drink beer from mugs and whisky from Glencairn glasses. So when I was tasked with putting the Tuxedo Cocktail #2 on the menu I dug deep into my brain to recall the recipe of this great Martini variation.
“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.”