Diplomatic and General History
Phrases such as 'oldest ally' or 'special friendship' have been bandied around between nation states throughout history often more as a marriage of a moment's convenience, rather than to reflect anything supportable by something as trivial as a fact or two. But the relationship between England (and later, Britain) and Portugal stands up to historical scrutiny as deeper than most, if not deeper than any. The article, reproduced by permission of The Wine Society, examines the contribution of wine to this history.
The article (in pdf) can be downloaded here
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