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The very first grape varieties were probably all white.

Answer: False.

Scientists believe that the very first original grape varieties were probably all red. Accordingly, the first white variety was a mutation that occurred when pieces of DNA moved within the gene, interrupting the coding for anthocyanins, molecules that create color. Interestingly, in early wine-drinking civilizations, the rarity (and relative fragility) of white wines gave them social value and led to the perception that white wines were more refined than reds and, as such, more desirable as upper-class drinks.

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