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Natural Process Alliance Gets The Freak On

August 13, 2010

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
San Francisco

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.


Countdown to Natural Wine Week

August 7, 2010

*Note: The schedule of events put on by retailers during Natural Wine Week has been updated. Please update your plans accordingly. Click here to see the updated retailer schedule.

August 23-29 is going to be a monumental week of wine here in San Francisco. Some teasers from a few participating restaurants:

Collin Casey, wine director at Baker & Banker, and Chef Jeffrey Banker, have assembled an all-star team of chefs and sommeliers to host a set menu paired with natural wines from Italy. Joining the Baker & Banker duo: Mauro Cirilli, wine director at Perbacco and Barbacco, along with Chef Staffan Terje; sommelier Alex Finberg and Chef Paolo Laboa from Farina; and Massimiliano Conti, the Chef and wine director at La Ciccia. Rock on, guys! For more information about this highly anticipated dinner and natural wine summit (which will likely sell out fast), please call Collin Casey at Baker & Banker: 415.351.2500.