When the petty bickering is over for the season, the last of the catty insults are hurled, and the cameras finally stop rolling, what does a Real Housewife rely on to return to her own reality? If that woman is Dr. Tiffany Moon of “Real Housewives of Dallas,” then it’s probably a bottle of bubbly.
“I really enjoy sparkling wine,” she says. “There’s just something about bubbles that brings levity to any situation. Bubbles always brighten the mood.”
Moon first appeared on “Real Housewives of Dallas” as a friend of D’Andra Simmons during Season 4. By Season 5, Moon had received her Dallas star and was made an official cast member alongside Simmons, Kary Brittingham, Stephanie Hollman, Brandi Redmond, and Kameron Westcott.
In typical RHOD fashion, the women wasted no time pulling Moon into their petty drama. Almost instantly, the China-born anesthesiologist clashed with some castmates who seemed more hell-bent on bullying her than trying to get to know her. Moon was even once pushed into a pool, fully dressed, at Brittingham’s 50th birthday party. Although copious amounts of tequila were likely to blame for that incident.
“At these RHOD parties, these girls were just doing tequila shots every few minutes. I was the one that was like, ‘No, thank you.’ I started winking at the bartender and he’d pour water in my shot glass, or I’d do the over-the-shoulder thing when no one was looking,” Moon says.
She would much rather keep the party going with a bottle of vino.
“Normally when my husband and I drink, we have a glass or two of wine, but it’s over the course of dinner and several hours,” she adds, noting that she prefers to pop a bottle of sparkling wine when she’s hosting a dinner or event. “I love to start off with some bubbly.”
Three Moons for the Moons
Wine has long been a part of Moon’s life. During undergrad at Cornell University, Moon enrolled in the school’s notable HADM 4300: Introduction to Wines course. She was too young for the class and had to get special permission from the dean to take it. Nonetheless, it made her realize that wine was so much more than expensive grape juice.
“That class exposed me to how complex wine and winemaking can be. I think it ignited something within me because before that, I didn’t know anything about wine. Wine to me was the aisle of the grocery store that I wasn’t allowed to go down. Growing up, my parents never drank, so I had no idea,” she said.
Moon’s interest in wine only grew when she met her husband, Daniel Moon. Much of their courtship revolved around learning about wine and tasting together. While working her residency at a San Francisco hospital, Daniel Moon would come to visit from Dallas and they’d travel up to Napa to tour wineries and vineyards. So it was no surprise when in 2009 after they tied the knot, Daniel Moon decided to create the family’s private wine label Three Moons Wine.
Initially, the Moons worked with winemakers in Napa to produce their own Napa Valley Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, which the couple would enjoy for themselves or give to friends and family members. “We would give it to people all the time like our daughters’ teachers at Christmas as a way to say, ‘Thank you for dealing with my children. Here’s a bottle of wine,’” Tiffany Moon jokes.
The feedback over their Cabernet was positive, which led the couple to take their private label public. In July they launched commercial sales of Three Moons Wine and added their Sauvignon Blanc 2020 and Proprietary Red Blend 2018 to the roster.
“Daniel’s Cabs are big and bold. So I told him that I really wanted us to make a wine that was a little bit more approachable. One that you could drink without food that was a little bit lower price point. He gets such good grapes from different vineyards around Napa that his Cabernet has become kind of a special occasion wine. I wanted to do something that people could enjoy any time,” she explains.
Crazy for Napa
When she’s not sipping on her own label, Tiffany Moon often turns to bottles from her favorite American wine country region: Napa.
“I enjoy trying new wines and different varieties from all over the world, but Napa is probably my favorite. It’s very beautiful out there and the wines really capture all the beauty Napa has to offer,” she says.
She shares three of her all-time favorites from Napa below.
3 Napa wines to try:
Made of 100% Chardonnay, the dry and crisp Blanc de Blancs was the first sparkling wine released by Schramsberg in 1965, and the first commercially produced Brut Chardonnay in America. Clean and vibrant with stone fruit nuances, the wine has signaled celebratory moments since President Richard Nixon served the wine during his historic Toast to Peace in Beijing, China in 1972. But special occasions aren’t the only cause to pop a bottle of this bubbly, according to Tiffany Moon. “If I’ve had a bad day at the hospital or something I want to open up a bottle of sparkling wine, and this is one I often turn to,” she says.
Red wine reigns supreme at Tiffany Moon’s house. The reality star and her husband typically turn to red when they’re dining together, and guests can almost always expect them to pour a big, bold red when they’re entertaining at their home. For those reasons, Tiffany Moon keeps a bottle of Bevan Cellars’ blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc on hand. “This wine is so juicy and delicious whenever I drink it. It’s a special occasion wine for us for sure,” she says. “We buy cases of it, and we save bottles for when we have company or we’re celebrating a birthday or something like that.”
All of the Krupp Brothers’ wines are worth drinking, according to Tiffany Moon, but she admits this particular lush and elegant blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Malbec is her favorite. “I received a bottle of this wine as a gift from a friend many, many years ago after graduating from medical school. I knew it was a special wine but when I finally opened it, I was blown away,” she says.