Trader Joe's Opens Tomorrow: Five Wines and Beers Under $10 to Try

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All photos by Laine Doss
Trader Joe's opens Friday.
The anticipation is building as Miami prepares for Trader Joe's first Miami-Dade store to open this Friday, October 18.

At 8 a.m., a ceremonial lei will be cut by the store's captain (AKA manager, to you landlubbers), Jodi McCullough, along with TJ's regional vice president Kent Smathers and Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner.

After that, it's time to shop! The store will welcome new customers with live music, giveaways, and food demonstrations throughout the day.

See also: Trader Joe's Opening Soon: Ten Items to Be Excited About

By now, you're wondering what to look out for at this island-themed grocery store that stocks both the mundane and the exotic. We suggest starting with these items and then just look around for temptations such as chocolate-covered potato chips and staples like inexpensive olive oil and sunscreen.

See also: I Stalked the Real Trader Joe!: The Inside Story of Miami's Soon-to-Be Most Popular Store

While you're at it, be sure to visit the beer and wine sections, where you'll find an array of brands you've likely never heard of. That's because Trader Joe's alcoholic selections are also mostly private-label brands. The good news is that most wines and beers are priced under $10, so you can experiment. Plus, if you don't like your selection, you can return it -- even after you've opened it (though it's seriously bad form to return a half-empty bottle).

Here are five wines and beers to look out for -- with a bonus for booze lovers.

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Trader Joe-San's Sparkling Sake
It's Sunday and you're having a blowout brunch party at your house. Instead of the usual prosecco-and-OJ mimosas, give your guests a little Asian flair by pairing fresh lychee juice with this sparkling sake. It's only $6.49, so buy it by the case fu;l. After all, the holidays are coming.

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Green Fin Organic Wine
Produced by the Bronco Wine Company, it's made in California. It's a slightly sweet blend, with hints of cherries. Best of all, it's completely organic and vegan. At $3.99, it's a good table wine to pair with a no-meat chili.

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Trader Joe's

9205 S. Dixie Highway, Miami, FL

Category: General


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Glenda Alfaro Pelegrí
Glenda Alfaro Pelegrí

This is Great! we were just talking about this at my work today! it's just as good as Whole Foods but less expensive :)

Valberta Guthrie
Valberta Guthrie

Looks like I will be taking a trip to my old residence soon lol!

Jennifer Farkas
Jennifer Farkas

Trader joes is fantastic! Quite a few up here in NJ:)

Nick Moss
Nick Moss

Monique Huynh - trip to take?

Glenda Alexandra Suarez
Glenda Alexandra Suarez

Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Fresh Market. All within a few minutes driving distance from each other. All I have by my West Kendall house is Walmart and Publix's sucky selection of food. Even Costco is far. WTH. Someone please bring something of quality to West Kendall. And before I end, Norman Brothers is also near these 3 other stores. Ugh.

Valerie Hower
Valerie Hower

Well I am in SF and may go to one TODAY! lol but it will be nice when I get back home to have a Trader Joes :)

Kimberly Lazala
Kimberly Lazala

My kind of place, cheap & exotic lol...can't wait to shop there!

Natasha Girel-Mats
Natasha Girel-Mats

Best news ever! Coming from northeast to my new home town of Miami this adds to my excitement tenfold! :))

Korina Pedroso
Korina Pedroso

This will greatly effect Miami's foodie culture! Get ready for something different, for those who don't know about this gem! Yumm!!

Tina Whittaker
Tina Whittaker

dang, it's about time i moved away 9 years ago!!!

Daniel Convers
Daniel Convers

You guys are getting excited over a fucking grocery store.

Burbank Okuda
Burbank Okuda

I can't wait for the Boca store to open this winter!

Louis Wing
Louis Wing

Now you can buy more cheap Chinese goods at low prices, and yet still feel like you have international taste.

Greys Charry
Greys Charry

Finally get to see what the big deal is....

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