Trader Joe's Opens Tomorrow: Five Wines and Beers Under $10 to Try
The anticipation is building as Miami prepares for Trader Joe's first Miami-Dade store to open this Friday, October 18.
All photos by Laine Doss Trader Joe's opens Friday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.