- Pinot noir
Mirassou got its start in the 1850s in what we now call Silicon Valley, though there's no longer a connection between the brand and the original winery. Gallo, the California giant, bought the name in 2002 and moved operations to its own facility. This is impressive for the money, one of few under-$15 pinots that doesn't taste like Kool-Aid. It's light-medium-bodied and fruit-forward, with flavours of cherry, vanilla and toasty oak and zippy acidity and spice. It's on the sweet side for a "dry" wine and engineered to be crowd-pleasing – good or bad qualities depending on your preference. $14.99 in B.C., $14.99 in Saskatchewan, $12.99 in Manitoba, $14.99 in New Brunswick, $14.99 in Nova Scotia, $15.99 in Newfoundland.