This exquisite rare grape was first introduced to the New World by Franciscan and Jesuit friars in 1520 and was later planted in California in 1778. This historic Spanish varietal known by many names (Listán Prieto, Negra Corriente, Negra Criolla and Mission Grape) was the sacrament wine—truly inspirational in its old-world charm with a nose of dried figs and orange marmalade, boasting black cherries, smoky plums and baking chocolate, tinged in coffee and almonds on the palate. Serve with lighter fare and salads. Try it with mushrooms in a lime vinaigrette, nuts, almonds and olive pastes, grilled asparagus and cream soups. Also, good with mature dry cheeses.