While these preferences have been around for as long as wine has been in existence, very little is known about why these preferences occur and more specifically how they might be regulated in the human body. There have been some studies looking at overall alcohol consumption habits and genetics, though much of this has been focused on intake and not necessarily preference.
The study ... published [originally] in the European Journal of Human Genetics, aimed to perform a genome-wide study on various populations to determine if there are any possible genetic links toward wine preference, specifically toward the liking of white wine.
A total of 5 populations were studied, including three from various areas in Italy, one from the Netherlands, and one from Central Asia. A total of 3885 individuals were included in this study.
The results of this study suggest that having a preference for white wine may be in part controlled by the HLA-DOA gene, specifically the rs9276975 SNP region. Additionally, this genetic link to preference may be stronger in women than in men.
[Read the full study here.]
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