What's the best way to solve a bitter feud? From ancient philosophers to Bravo TV's Real Housewives stars, sharing wine is an easy choice. Over the past decade and more, the Real Housewives stars have been loving wine, they’ve been launching their own Real Housewines, as we like to call them, for nearly as long. The latest project, Three Moons Wine, comes from the newest cast member of the Real Housewives of Dallas, Dr. Tiffany Moon.
Dr. Moon was born near Beijing, and immigrated to the U.S. when she was six years old with dreams of becoming a doctor and starting a family in the United States. She is now the TV franchise's first medical doctor and first first-generation Asian-American to star on the show.
During her undergraduate studies at Cornell University, Dr. Moon took a wine class at the School of Hotel Administration, thinking it would be a break from her all-consuming chemistry and neurobiology courses. "I was completely wrong," Dr. Moon told Wine Spectator via email. "It was a hard course, and I was pleasantly surprised to learn about the complexities of wine, and even more grateful I passed the very difficult final exam!"
Dr. Moon's exploration in wine continued during her residency at U.C. San Francisco (UCSF). She and her now-husband, Daniel, spent weekends in Napa tasting at some of their favorite wineries, including Domaine Carneros, Krupp Brothers, Joseph Phelps, Darioush, V. Sattui, Hall, Larkmead and Del Dotto.
"We started to develop an affinity toward sparkling wines, Sauvignon Blanc, red blends, and our favorite: Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons," Dr. Moon said. "As a self-proclaimed nerd who loves attention to detail, I love how one small factor in the climate, terroir and growing practices could lead to significant changes in the same wine from year to year."
In 2009, the Moons partnered with California winemaker Patrick Saboe to start Three Moons Wine as a one-barrel Cabernet project, to give to family friends as gifts. Dr. Moon eventually decided to expand and distribute her wines on a larger scale so more people could enjoy them. Three Moons Wine has since increased production to 250 cases, including a 2019 Cabernet ($150), 2020 Sauvignon Blanc ($42) and a 2018 red blend ($65).
As an Asian-American immigrant, Dr. Moon never imagined she'd be in the wine business, but she’s excited to bring more diversity to it. "Historically, Asian-Americans have not been involved in winemaking, and I think there is some degree of intimidation they may feel if they did not grow up around wine drinkers or don’t know much about wine," Moon said. "The message I would want to offer from Three Moons Wine is that wine is meant to be enjoyed, bring people together, and shared."
Bethenny Frankel Introduces Forever Young
When Real Housewives star Bethenny Frankel launched her Skinnygirl wine brand in 2012, she was focused on low-calorie California wines for her health-conscious fans. (She was also getting in on the ground floor of the “Better for You” category of lower-calorie wines, which has become one of the hottest trends in the wine industry.) Nearly a decade later, the author, philanthropist and entrepreneur has partnered with hospitality developer Seth Greenberg to create a higher-end line of wines called Forever Young.
"[Skinnygirl] was a brand that I developed more than a decade ago as a young woman on a budget with fewer responsibilities and a different taste level," Frankel told Wine Spectator via email. "[Forever Young] is a more sophisticated wine for a person who really cares and knows the difference. This is the next level."
But still Frankel also wants her new label to feel welcoming rather than pretentious and alienating. "Most of us aren’t experts," she said. "We want something that we feel good about drinking and that doesn’t talk down to us."
The Forever Young brand includes a Provence rosé, Chilean Sauvignon Blanc, Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon and an Argentine Malbec, all priced between $12 and $17 and available in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.
Frankel met Greenberg during her college years at Boston University, when she worked as a cocktail waitress at his Boston nightclub M80. When Greenberg conceived the Forever Young brand, he thought of Frankel. "Seth needed someone to communicate about and to live and breathe this brand," Frankel said. "He had the concept and the product but did not have the messaging or a fanbase to talk to." Frankel says the brand is sophisticated yet whimsical in its name and philosophy. "We all want to be and feel Forever Young."
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