Mushroom Soup, Red Wine & A Giveaway

using Harry & David soup mix for a great meal

Harry & David soup mix gets doctored

I learned about Harry & David’s new wine collection during a media trip with 12 other food writers. One of them was Sandy Coughlin, of Reluctant Entertainer. While Sandy is anything but a reluctant entertainer, her site and book are focused on helping those who are. Sandy offers tips and tricks to make even the most novice entertainer look like Martha Stewart. Sandy made our first night in Oregon spectacular, since hosting 12 people who write about food or wine can’t be easy. Using products from Harry & David’s store, she threw an amazing dinner party. One of my favorite items of the night was her mushroom soup, and I was blown away to learn it came from a bag, with some added love. I could not wait to come home and make the soup myself, and pair some wines with it. Keep reading, and I’ll show you how Sandy kicked up this soup, talk about the wines that pair, and tell you how you can win a gift basket from Harry & David.

A hearty meal of Harry & David mushroom soup and pinot noir

A hearty meal of Harry & David mushroom soup and pinot noir

Mushrooms go well with many dishes, and many wines. People saute mushrooms for burgers or steaks, fold them into omelets, or grill them and eat them on their own. In terms of wines, mushrooms will go well with a host of them, including cabernet sauvignon, unoaked chardonnay, malbec, zinfandel, and of course pinot noir. In fact, there are some who think that the perfect mushroom pairing is pinot noir, whether from Oregon or Burgundy, or even California. I happen to be in that camp, and decided to buy two bottles of pinot noir at the grocery store while picking up the fixings for the soup.

Francis Coppola 2010 Directors Cut Pinot Noir

Francis Coppola 2010 Directors Cut Pinot Noir

The first grocery store pinot noir I picked to pair with the mushroom soup was the Francis Coppola 2010 Directors Cut, Sonoma Coast, California. The lighter of the two options for the pairing, the Coppola ’10 Director’s Cut pinot noir has a bouquet of field strawberries, with earthy notes surrounding the red fruit. The acidity was noticeable on the nose, along with some smoky scents. The palate was a bit more fruit forward, more red raspberries on the palate than the strawberries on the nose, with a nice mix of smoke and cooking spices. The soup tames the fruit a little, and works very nicely. For $18.99, this was a well made, fresh pinot noir with nice length and good acid for food without being noticeable.

Laetitia Estate Pinot Noir 2010

Laetitia Estate Pinot Noir 2010

The second grocery store pinot noir was the $21.99 Laetitia 2010 Estate Pinot Noir, Arroyo Grande Valley, California. Not a very expressive bouquet, dusty red raspberries mix with faint scents of cocoa. The palate shows round red raspberries, fresher than the notes on the nose. There is a good bit of sweet spice from the oak used to age the wine, but it’s well integrated. The finish is long lasting, with those sweet spices turning into a dusting of black pepper. There are medium tannins, noticeable but not gripping.  With the soup, the red fruit tastes a little darker, with some earthy notes more prominent.

win a Harry & David cheese and salami basket on

win a Harry & David cheese and salami basket

I am a “put your money where your mouth is” kind of person. While my expenses for this trip were paid by Harry & David, I purchased quite a bit of their products before being invited on the trip. I only write about products, wine or businesses I believe in. I’ve long believed in the quality that Harry & David offers, and now Harry & David wants to make a believer out of you. I am excited to offer a giveaway of one of Harry & David’s gift baskets, one focused on pairing with wine. The rules of the giveaway are simple:

  • Giveaway Open to US Residents Only, employees of Harry & David and their relatives are not eligible
  • Giveaway runs from Monday October 22nd 7:00am EST through Wednesday October 24th 11:59:59 pm EST
  • Enter by leaving a comment below stating why you want to win this Harry & David cheese and salami basket
  • Bonus Entries are available for the following (each require a separate comment)
  • Tweet the following then comment below: Wine, Mushroom Soup & a @HarryandDavid gift basket giveaway by @mmwine
  • Like then comment below: Like both A Good Time With Wine on Facebook and Harry and David on Facebook
  • From the A Good Time With Wine Facebook page, share this post then comment below
  • Limit 4 entries per person

The description of this Harry and David gift basket is fantastic. Two gourmet new world Beehive cheeses and two handcrafted old world Creminelli salamis make this gift a savory delight for any meat and cheese lover. Award winning cheese coupled with some of the finest gluten and dairy free salami out there make for a lovely anytime gift. I’ll post a few wines to pair with it in the near future.

leeks for Harry and David soup

Add most of one leek to the soup

Sandy inspired me to doctor up the soup, not that it needed it. For one bag of Harry & David Wild Mushroom & Leek soup mix, you need two tablespoons of butter (in addition to the package directions), one leek, and two medium portobello mushrooms. Slice and rinse the leek with water, and pat dry. Melt the butter in a large skillet on a medium heat, then add the leek. Saute for 4-5 minutes, until they are tender.

saute leeks until tender

Saute leeks until tender

Slice portobello mushrooms and saute with leeks

Slice portobello mushrooms and saute with leeks

Slice the portobello mushroom in half-inch pieces, and add to the tender leeks. Saute for another 5-8 minutes, until the mushrooms are tender. Then, add to the soup mix in your 5 quart pot or bigger, and cook according to the package instructions.

Enjoy Harry & David Mushroom Soup with pinot noir

Enjoy Harry & David Mushroom Soup with pinot noir

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! Harry & David will ship the winner the basket directly, and you’ll have a good time with wine!



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62 thoughts on “Mushroom Soup, Red Wine & A Giveaway

  1. DailyBeerReview says:

    Cheese and salami? Two of my favorite night-time snacks. Hope I win!

  2. I want to win this basket because I have a hungry pre-teen to feed, and who is not crazy about Harry & David?

  3. I’m not going to enter, but I want to tell you what an awesome job you did with the soup. I’m sure Sandy is proud :-)

  4. I am absolutely impressed with your feature of Harry & David and I would love to win the gift basket. I’ve heard wonderful things about their products. I’ve tweeted, shared on facebook and pinterest.

  5. Oh, that wonderful soup. It looks as though you did it justice here, Matt! You have a wonderful way of making wine approachable for those of us who enjoy wine but don’t have expert noses.

  6. OMG Drooling this looks FABOOSH…

  7. DailyBeerReview says:

    I Tweeted about the giveaway too. Hope it brings a lot of competition!

  8. Hey Mat, it’s Monique….for some reason fb will only share my profile here as Jasira Monique….i think that means I’ve branded my pen name very well lol…but it’s still me

  9. Those meats and cheeses look great for entertaining. Or eating all my ourselves!

  10. I love this post! Your photography is awesome, Matt! Congrats on the giveaway, and the soup, … someone will be lucky to win! :)

  11. Michelle Kirsch says:

    Because I love cheese and salami! That’s a good enough reason isn’t it?

  12. I’d love to win the basket because I’d love to make the soup (have never cooked with leeks before). It’s awesome that everything is for pairing with wine! I LOVE salumi. Plus, Harry & David does great baskets, so it’s exciting for the opportunity to win one :)

  13. I posted on Twitter @JasiraMonique

  14. I pinned it via pinterest via @JasiraMonique

  15. Because it’s my turn to bring something to the office to share with my team, and I could really wow them with this one!

  16. Robin Chesser says:

    I liked a good time with wine on facebook.

  17. Robin Chesser says:

    I liked Harry & David on Facebook

  18. Robin Chesser says:

    I love to make homemade soups but sometimes if a product like the Mushroom soup is really good, I’d make that instead.

  19. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says:

    Why do I want to win? Why would I not want to win a basket of salami and cheese is the better question.

  20. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says:

    I tweeted

  21. I LOVE Harry & David… being from Portland, I wish I could have hopped in my car and driven down to join you all! this would be a fun basket to share at the holidays, I’d love to win and share it at one of our upcoming parties…

  22. It all looks scrumptious!! Wine and cheese are my crack!! I could (and do) eat cheese for breakfast most days!! The Harry & David’s gift basket looks great for entertaining too!!!

  23. Oh, I am such a push-over for homemade mushroom soup! Thank you for this recipe. And I look forward to finishing it off with fine cheese, etc.!

  24. I would love to win this basket of cheese and salami and go on a Fall picnic. Wine, snacks, and the beautiful Fall colors? Sign me up!!! ;)

  25. C. Wylie Misselhorn says:

    I need to win this because my girlfriend is vegetarian and sometimes I starve. Please salami yes please.

  26. I already liked Harry and David on Facebook and I now like A Good Time With Wine on FB!

  27. I shared on Facebook on my page Megan’s Cookin

  28. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    Fall is my favorite time of year just for all the delicious soups I get to try out. Your mushroom soup looks so good ! What a lovely giveaway from Harry and David:)

  29. I shared on my FB page

  30. I should win because I need Harry and David goodies to ease me into my attempts at enjoying wine.

  31. I want to win this because I love cheese, I love salami and I love H & D. Plus, my honey and I can have a nice romantic evening eating this and pairing it with some delicious wine.

  32. Like both on FB.

  33. I want to win because cheese is my favorite. Salami is a close second (and my boyfriend’s favorite) so it works out brilliantly!

  34. The whole time I was reading this my mouth was watering! Sounds like a delicious recipe. Perfect for this cool fall weather.

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  36. I’d love the basket so I could take my boyfriend on a picnic with its contents!

  37. I tweeted from @beahbunnie

  38. Shared on Facebook too!

  39. Also commented of facebook

  40. It sounds so delicious that I would share with friends but think about enjoying it all myself.

  41. You so got me with Pinot Noir! My favorite favorite grape! And then you said mushroom and I melted. Great post and thank you for the insight into some great Pinot.

  42. My family loves to go hunting for mushrooms and this soup would be perfect. My family loves cheese and good sausages and would love to win.

  43. I would love to win this because it sounds like something my husband would love!

  44. I tweeted the tweet :) @bigbearswife