Truer with Age

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A vintage table piece of my family's. I believe my grandmother picked this up on one of her travels through Europe. Even when I finally translated it I never really got it. Now, with age, it makes a lot more sense.

-"A meal without wine is like a day without the sun."-


  1. Or if you want to make it rhyme, "a meal without wine is like a day without sunshine." It's a Brillat-Savarin quote!

  2. Several of my family members have this piece. Two are in French, like yours, and one is in English.

  3. Well, what else would a whine bottle holder/coaster say? ;-)

  4. Greg: Here's what I just learned from my mom: "This is suppose to have a cork lining and it is Amatel. It was popular in the late '80's and 90's. I have a whole set of dinner and salad plates made out of this stuff. It looks nicer than the regular, every day ware but not as fancy as the "good white with silver band" plates. Down side is they can't go into the dishwasher but they wash easily."

    So not as old as I thought, but I do love the Amatel sets.

  5. Oh my goodness! My family used to have the same thing, except it was in English "a dinner without wine is a day without sunshine", and it had green felt at the bottom.

  6. My father has nearly the exact piece but it says, in English, a day without bread is like a day with sunshine. - Very cool

  7. Cool, I'll have to ask my Dad if he knew there were plates as well. I suspect that he bought them in Europe somewhere as well when he was in the AF. I believe all three of my family's still have the cork linings and felt bottoms.

    BTW, I'm enjoying the preserved kumquats from your recipe, even if I don't use them often. Next up, sauerkraut!


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