And from the fruit of the date-palm and the vine, ye get out wholesome drink and food: behold, in this also is a sign for those who are wise.
There are wholesome drinks and foods that can
be got out of the date-palm and the vine: e.g., nonalcoholic drinks from the date and the grape, vinegar,
date-sugar, grape-sugar, and dates and grapes
themselves for eating.
If sakar is taken in the sense of fermented wine, it
would refer to the time before intoxicants were
prohibited, for this is a Makkan Surah and the prohibition
came in Madinah. In such a case it would imply a subtle
disapproval of the use of intoxicants and mark the first of
a series of steps that in time culminated in total
Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 16 verse 67). Microsoft Word – 016 Nahl.doc (quran4u.com)