Thomas Wright’s 1857 Dictionary of obsolete and provincial English says it is an inferior alicant wine, and used as a general term for all Spanish reds (ie from tinto), which seems somewhat at odds with his quote from Ward’s diary (16×2): “I drank tent with Mr. Hartman. It is a very sweet and a luscious wine, very cordial as I suppose.” Maybe red was a girlie drink back then.
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Thomas Wright, Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English: For they say the king of Portugal cannot sit at his meat, but the
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Xavi Caballé has read a book which suggests that the 18th century predecessors of the Norfolk Regiment were thus called because