Kevin Kelley is the happy mad scientist behind some of the most interesting natural wines coming out of California, including the Natural Process Alliance – or NPA as everyone calls it – an ongoing examination of the mysteries behind fermentation (the wine is bottled on demand from neutral barrels of still evolving juice; each bottling is completely different from the last). Oh, and it comes in a stainless steel canteen.
Kelley and crew will be making a few in-person appearances during SF Natural Wine Week, so make it a point to come out and meet him.
On Thursday, August 26, Kevin Kelley will join wine director Mauro Cirilli on the floor at Barbacco Eno Trattoria in downtown SF for an NPA-filled evening. Expect many klean kanteens to be drained at this event.
220 California Street
NPA Bonus Edition: You can catch Kelley and the NPA wines earlier in the evening at Arlequin Wine Merchant in Hayes Valley as part of a walk around tasting featuring many of the faces behind California’s growing natural wine movement.
Arlequin Wine Merchant
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Below is a recent video chat between Wine Library TV’s Gary Vaynerchuk and Hardy Wallace from the NPA (and the Dirty South wine blog). Hardy works with Kevin Kelley and here he talks a little about the NPA project, natural wine, and the importance of keeping the cellar restrooms clean. Oh, and he makes some bird noises too.