She began an exploration through the wine countries of California – and around the world. She made it her priority to learn everything she could about wine. She even purchased a timeshare in Napa Valley and spent all of her free time visiting wineries, gleaning knowledge, technique, and education from winemakers, taking classes, participating in blending sessions, and fully immersing herself in the culture. Her hobby became her greatest passion and eventually led her to launch her own private label in November 2015.
Paula has grown her portfolio to include three wines, with a fourth and fifth planned for release mid 2021. Her wines are an overall tribute to her family’s legacy: dedication to community, friendship, cultural heritage, and one another. She pays homage to that legacy in naming her wines after locations and family members that hold special meaning to her family’s life and business.
Paula was selected to participate in the pilot for “Wines Best Bottle Competition”, and she and P. Harrell Wines have been featured in a number of publications: 23 Black-Owned Wineries Worth Supporting Right Now; Wedding Wednesday!; A Global Guide to Black-Owned Wine Labels | Wine Enthusiast; Black Vines hosts 9th annual celebration: A Toast to Black Wineries and Diverse Art; Celebrating Black History: Paula Harrell, a trailblazer – to name a few. A sought-after wine educator, Paula has partnered with a number of recognized organizations such as Liberty Mutual, Jack and Jill of America Inc., Mid- Atlantic, Oakland Bay Area Links, Inc., California Institute of Technology, and Indeed to showcase P. Harrell Wines.
“The creation of P. Harrell Wines has emerged from my long standing passion and appreciation for wine, from the smell of freshly picked grapes after a successful harvest to sampling wines in barrel, and ultimately indulging in the enchanting wine culture with others. I love all things wine because it is one of those simple pleasures that seamlessly intertwine people from ALL walks of life, no matter the color, gender, or background, creating genuine friendships & connections.”
– Paula J. Harrell, Founder – P. Harrell Wines