A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from January 26, 2020
“Someone offered me grapes, but I declined. I’m not used to consuming wine in pill form”

"Someone offered me grapes, but I declined. I’m not used to consuming wine in pill form” is a jocular saying that has been printed on many images. “‘Someone offered me grapes, but I declined . I’m not used to consuming wine in pill form.’ — University of Chicago” was posted on Twitter by Yik Yak on August 4, 2015.

“Un buveur… était à table, et au dessert on lui offrit du raisin. « Je vous remercie, dit-il en re» « poussant l’assiette; je n’ai pas coutume de « prendre mon vin en pilules. »” [A drinker ... was at the table, and for dessert they offered him grapes. “Thank you,” he said in re. Pushing the plate; “I’m not used to taking my wine in pills."] was printed in the book Physiologie du Gout (1834) by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826). “Je plains sincèrement le buveur au goût dépravé, qui dédaigneusement s’écriait, en refusant une superbe grappe de raisin : — « Je ne prends pas mon vin en pilules. »” [I sincerely pity the depraved-tasting drinker, who disdainfully exclaimed, refusing a superb bunch of grapes: - “I don’t take my wine in pills."] was printed in an 1881 book.

“Some like the berry,/ Which is wine/ In the pill form (Grapes to you)” was printed in the Tampa (FL) Morning Tribune on October 25, 1939. “Grape—Wine in pill form” was printed in the Weber College Signpost (Ogden, UT) on January 10, 1947. “Grape: Wine in pill form” was a “Daffynition” by Paul H. Gilbert printed in the El Paso (TX) Times on May 30, 1961.


Google Books
Physiologie du Gout
By Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
Paris, France: Just Tessier, Libraire
1834
Pg. 355:
Un buveur… était à table, et au dessert on lui offrit du raisin. « Je vous remercie, dit-il en re» « poussant l’assiette; je n’ai pas coutume de « prendre mon vin en pilules. »
[A drinker ... was at the table, and for dessert they offered him grapes. “Thank you,” he said in re. Pushing the plate; “I’m not used to taking my wine in pills."]

Google Books
La vie normale et la santé: traité complet de la structure du corps humain, des fonctions et du rôle des organes à tous les âges de la vie, avec l’étude raisonnée des instincts et des passions de l’homme, et l’exposition des moyens naturels de prolonger l’existence en assurant la conservation de la santé
By Jules Rengade
Paris, France: Librairie illustrée
1881
Pg. 249:
Je plains sincèrement le buveur au goût dépravé, qui dédaigneusement s’écriait, en refusant une superbe grappe de raisin : — « Je ne prends pas mon vin en pilules. »
[I sincerely pity the depraved-tasting drinker, who disdainfully exclaimed, refusing a superb bunch of grapes: - “I don’t take my wine in pills."]

Newspapers.com
25 October 1939, Tampa (FL) Morning Tribune, “The Gulf Gleam,” pg. 6, col. 3:
WHAT’S YOURS?
Some like the berry,
Which is wine
In the pill form
(Grapes to you)
But make
Mine Sherry.
H. OPE.

Newspapers.com
10 January 1947, Weber College Signpost (Ogden, UT), “Befuddled,” pg. 2, col. 5:
Grape—Wine in pill form.

15 October 1958, The Oregonian (Portland, OR), “After Dark” by Dinah Downtown, sec. 3, pg. 3, col. 1:
Proprietor Ralph Holsapple’s definition of grapes...wine...in pill form.

Newspapers.com
30 May 1961, El Paso (TX) Times, “Daffynitions” by Paul H. Gilbert, pg. 13, col. 5:
Grape: Wine in pill form.

Google Books
How to Wine Your Way to Good Health
By Herbert M. Baus
New York, NY: Mason & Lipscomb
1973
Pg. 19:
Brillat-Savarin considered that a healthy man could live long if he drank two bottles of wine a day—and when asked if he liked grapes, replied, “I prefer not to take my wine in pill form.”

Newspapers.com
14 April 1975, Times-Advocate (Escondido, CA), “Smidgens” comic strip by Bob Cordray, pg. B-6, col. 1:
Man1: I HAVE SOME GRAPES LEFT OVER FROM LUNCH, LEON...DO YOU WANT THEM?
Man2: NO THANKS. I NEVER EAT GRAPES!
Man1: HOW COME?
Man2: I DON’T BELIEVE IN TAKING MY WIN IN PILL FORM!

Google Books
Song in Gold Pavilions:
Ronald Stevenson on Music

By Ronald Stevenson
Stellenbosch, South Africa: African Sun Media
2008
Pg. 81:
I felt like Brillat-Savarin when he was once offered grapes for dinner. ‘Non, merci, je ne prends pas mon vin en pilules’ (’No thank you, I don’t take my wine in pill form’ ).

Twitter
Yik Yak
@YikYakApp
“Someone offered me grapes, but I declined . I’m not used to consuming wine in pill form.” — University of Chicago
7:10 PM · Aug 4, 2015·Buffer

YourTango
37 Memes, Quotes & Gifs Only People Who Love Wine Can Appreciate
Merethe Najjar
February 21, 2018
(...)
17. You won’t just take any old “wine.”
Someone offered me grapes, but I declined. I’m not used to consuming my wine in pill form.

Google Books
Title Someone Offered Me Grapes But I Declined. I’m Not Used to Consuming Wine in Pill Form. Cheers.: Funny Gag Gift for Wine Buffs and Drinkers. Notebook with 110 Blank Lined Sheets to Write In. Funny Gift for Christmas, Birthday, Men Or Women..
Author Daddio Notebooks
Publisher Independently Published, 2019
ISBN 1079749888, 9781079749885
Length 112 pages

Twitter
MaphenG
@g_maphen
“Grapes are wine in pill form”
-customer at my work
7:55 PM · Jan 24, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Posted by Barry Popik
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