"A meal without wine is breakfast” is a saying of unknown origin, cited in print since at least the 1990s. Not everyone agrees with the saying—there are champagne and mimosa breakfasts.
6 August 1997, San Jose (CA) Mercury News, “Wines for all reasons,” pg. 7F:
Julia Child commented once at a Chalone Wine Group gathering that ‘’any meal without wine, with the possible exception of breakfast, is uncivilized.”
A Meal without Wine is Breakfast [Paperback]
Tyler Sharon Herbst (Author)
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Michael O’Mara Books Ltd (September 11, 1998)
15 January 2003, New York (NY) Post, “Dutchess of Cork—Wine Diva’s Grape-ful Tips” by Cynthia Kilian, pg. 38:
As for her own witticisms: “A meal without wine is called breakfast.”
Secrets from the Wine Diva:
Tips on Buying, Ordering & Enjoying Wine
By Christine Ansbacher
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
So from now on just stick the bubbly back in the fridge and use the leftover for mimosas at breakfast or have it with lunch. Someone once said, “A meal without wine is called breakfast,” but in this case a breakfast with wine is divine.
27 April 2011, San Jose (CA) Mercury News, “You want food with your wine?,” pg. 1E:
I once heard Julia Child declare to a wine gathering that “any meal without wine, with the possible exception of breakfast, is uncivilized.”
Napa Valley Register (CA)
Allen R. Balik Napa Valley Register | Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2011 8:30 pm
There’s an old saying that “A meal without wine is breakfast.” I’m not sure who said it, but I have always wanted to pose a simple question. Have you not heard of Champagne?
Yes, Champagne is a wine that knows no bounds when it comes to enjoyment at any time of day with a wide variety of culinary fare. Brunch — a celebratory special meal — is traditionally served a little later in the morning and was created around Champagne.
New York City • Food/Drink • (1) Comments • Monday, October 31, 2011 • Permalink
And very well explained.