[OAKLAND, CA] Paula J. Harrell, Vintner & Proprietor of P. Harrell Wines and Adrian Miller, James Beard Book Award Winner are proud to partner in the release a special edition wine titled Black Smoke Zin, to celebrate the release of Adrian’s latest book, Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue.
In Black Smoke, Miller chronicles how Black barbecuers, pitmasters, and restaurateurs helped develop this cornerstone of American foodways and how they are coming into their own today. Zinfandel is the ultimate barbecue pairing wine, which makes this collaboration even more exciting.
“I’m so excited to collaborate with a highly-regarded and talented vintner like P. Harrell Wines,” Mille said. “I’m frequently asked, ‘What’s a good wine to pair with barbecue?’ I now have a wonderful answer . . . Black Smoke Zin!”
“I’m thrilled to partner with Adrian in creating what I call “a perfect marriage,” Zinfandel & BBQ! Zinfandel’s classic peppery aromas and flavors pair well with the smoky, peppery characteristic of BBQ & its sauce. Being a heartier variety that tends to exhibit a fairly high alcohol content, Zinfandel loves meat and so there’s no worry about one overpowering the other! Our 2019 Black Smoke Zin is a classic Dry Creek Zinfandel, but its abundance of diverse flavors reminds me of the creativity of the partnership between P. Harrell Zin and Black Smoke.” said Paula Harrell – Founder and Winemaker for P. Harrell Wines.
About P. Harrell Wines
Black-owned and woman-owned, California Bay Area-based P. Harrell Wines’ mission perfectly embodies the passions of our founder – creating incredible wines, enriching the community, and inspiring others to stop at nothing in pursuing their dreams. Meet Paula J. Harrell – winemaker, and San Francisco native. Since 2015, Paula has combined her passions – wine and community – in her private wine label P. Harrell Wines.
A lifelong wine enthusiast – well-known for creating her own tableside blends over dinners with family and friends – Paula is the daughter of her Panamanian immigrant mother and Oklahoma-born father who instilled in her a deep appreciation for the importance of entrepreneurship, dedication to family and community, and rich cultural heritage. P. Harrell Wines is a tribute to that legacy. In 2019, Paula was named a Chase Center Taste Maker – offering HAIGHT STREET Dry Riesling to premium ticket holders in the Theater Box bar. P. Harrell Wines are also available in several Oakland and San Francisco restaurants, and HAIGHT STREET Dry Riesling won a Gold Medal in the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition. P. Harrell Wines was named one of Black Vines’ wineries of the year in 2022. Paula is a sought-after wine educator and 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., Facebook, Google, Twilio, California Institute of Technology, and Indeed.
Paula obtained her undergraduate degree in History & Spanish from UCLA, and her MBA in small business and entrepreneurship from San Francisco State University. Paula taught a Master Class on the custom crushing wine process and was recently appointed as a USF Fellow to lead the development of their Hospitality Leadership Academy, providing professional opportunities to young people of color.
P. Harrell Wines is in several stores, restaurants, and tasting rooms across the country and its Three Fifteen Zinfandel and P.J. Rosé will be available onboard American Airlines beginning Q1 2023.