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 October 25, 2010
“Would you like some cheese with that whine?”

Wine and cheese is a popular combination. “Would you like some cheese with that whine?” is a joke saying that dates in print to at least 1991. The saying was made popular in the early 1990s by whining (but well-paid) professional athletes.


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#ra12 - would you like some cheese with that whine?

7 July 1991, Winnipeg (Manitoba) Free Press, pg. 18: 
How about a little cheese to go with that whine? (Headline—ed.)
(...) (Col. 5—ed.)
Would you like a little cheese with that whine?

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From: (Mary E. Allison)
Date: 22 Dec 1992 19:38:57 GMT
Local: Tues, Dec 22 1992 2:38 pm
Subject: AMC update Monday, Dec. 21 1992

OH NAT - would you like some cheese with that whine?

1 March 1993, Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, UT), “Ute fans savor beating the team they love to hate: BYU” by Tom Wharton, pg. B1:
“A little cheese with your whine?” asked one sign holder.

12 May 1993, St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch, “Success robs Leafs fans of rhyme and reason” by Jeff Gordon, pg. 3D:
“You Want A Little Cheese With Your Whine, Berry?”

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From: (Alan McKay)
Date: Thu, 27 May 1993 20:06:19 GMT
Local: Thurs, May 27 1993 3:06 pm
Subject: Would you like some cheese with that whine? (was Re:If the Knicks win...)

To paraphrase columnist Mike Lopresti, it is a measure of how far the Bulls (and their fans) have sunk, that they have gone from whining about Bill Lambier/Rick Mahorn/Dennis Rodman to whining about a 6’2” reserve guard.

Google Books
Somebody’s Gotta Be Me:
The Wide, Wide World of the One and Only Charles Barkley

By David Casstevens
Kansas City, MO: Andrews and McMeel
1994
Pg. 190:
The same court where Barkley once told Joe Kleine, who complained that he had been fouled, “Would you like some cheese with that whine?”

11 February 1994, Fort Lauderdale (FL) Sun-Sentinel, “Yeah, you missed the bus,” pg. 2B:
You want some cheese with that whine?

Google Books
Pathways to Performance:
A Guide to Transforming Yourself, Your Team, and Your Organization

By Jim Clemmer
Toronto: Macmillan Canada
2004 ©1995
Pg. 35:
As our daughter Jennifer would say, “Would you like some cheese with your whine?”

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Melanie Gorman. Counselor, dating coach, trainer and relationship blogger.
Posted: October 20, 2010 08:46 AM
Want Some Cheese with That Whine? How to Stop the Complaint Cycle
No one likes a whiner. Fewer people like complainers. And even fewer like those who give ultimatums because their whining and complaining hasn’t worked. 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (0) Comments • Monday, October 25, 2010 • Permalink