Celebrating Life & Good Things
Written and Photographed by Barbara Greenbauer
Take some time to wind down, breathe, and enjoy a superb glass of wine at M6 Winery & Tasting Room and Gift Shop in downtown Bullard. Owners Joe and Anne Moody set the pace as the charming and affable owners who greet you at the door and welcome you inside.
The atmosphere is palatable the minute you arrive, inside the front door is a Texas trove of hand-made one of a kind wood pieces that can either house your own wine collection or accent it. Move along into the inner room and you will feel right at home as you order wine, food, and listen to live music.
Joe Moody is in his element and passionate about his foray into the wine business. Relying on his business background and his interest in the wine-making industry, he has developed an inventory of his own, a grand selection of whites and reds that will be taste bud treats to either the wine connoisseur or novice.
“Wine is about celebrating life and the good things,” explains Moody. “Anne and I have traveled from California to Italy and experienced multitudes of vineyards and tasting rooms. We were ready to bring all of our experiences to East Texas.” M6 derives its name from the Moody’s family of six, including the four grown children who were a piece of the business from its infancy. M6 Winery & Tasting Room is nestled on a corner of downtown Bullard, a piece of property Joe Moody has owned for over 20 years that has served as his office for both an oil/gas and real estate business over the years.
“Creating a good wine is an act of love and patience,” explains Moody. “Grapes cannot be rushed and in the process, you have to be aware of what you are looking for in a flavor profile. It takes a lot of planning and preparation; blending is like art with different aromas, colors, and flavors.”
The tasting room is an experience in itself, from the beautiful front and center bar fashioned from the ribs of wine barrels to the tin roof and rough cedar ceiling accents. Choose your wine and sit back while local musicians entertain.
There’s another great space outside that the Moody’s affectionately call The Vinery, a vine-covered patio with plenty of room and great furniture to sit on while you enjoy the Texas weather.
Your palette will applaud you when you sample an M6 original wine. White wines include the Blue Norther, an aromatic semi-sweet Riesling with hints of apples and stone fruit. The Bluebonnet is an off-dry white blend, perfect for poultry, fish, and pasta dishes. Or try the Sweet TexAnne, named for Mrs. Moody, with sweet honeysuckle and strawberry overtones. This wine is perfect for summer salads and cheeses and is sweet enough to serve as a light dessert wine.
The Texas Viognier is an unoaked, medium to full-bodied dry wine, with notes of pears, honeysuckle, and tangerine. It pairs well with roasted poultry, orange chicken, seafood, apricots, fennel, capers, or pumpkin.
M6’s Rosé wines include the Blushing Texan, a semi-sweet Rosé wine blend with a light pink color. The appropriately monikered Tyler Rosé is a dry blend with a touch of High Plains Zinfandel. This blend was created especially for our local Tyler market and its famous association with roses.
If red is more your thing, there are lots to choose from. Friendship Red is made with the hearty Ruby Cabernet grape. It is a great compliment to all things pasta, as it goes great with all sauces, from marinara to Alfredo.
The Moodys very first Signature Blend is Vintner’s Touch, a bold red blend that pairs well with roasted meats. This blend is made from grapes grown both in Texas and California.
Red Texana is great with Texas BBQ or Tex-Mex dishes. It is full-bodied and made from the Ruby Cabernet grape. It has a spicy finish.
Feel free to pair your wine with meat, cheese, or combo plates, olive oil with bread and spices, or a slider plate. Paired flights include a chocolate or cheese, and of course, you can do a Tasting Flight of five different wines and keep the signature M6 tasting glass. M6 wines range from an affordable $18 to $28 a bottle.
Be part of the family and join the M6 Wine Club to experience the best of their offerings with five special wine shipments annually. When it’s time to get your selections, M6 offers a complimentary glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres to members at pickup parties.
M6 can host your private party and create personalized wine labels to commemorate any event from birthdays to anniversaries.
Joe has nothing but compliments for the wine-growing community in East Texas, saying “We are all very supportive of each other and share resources and information.”
Mark your calendars for the Piney Woods Wine Festival, running May 11th-12th and join M6 and the other 18 wineries on the trail for a spectacular weekend of music, art, and of course, lots of wine to taste.
Lauren and Bobby Grounds from Tyler wanted a new destination and searched the internet for wine and live music and found M6. “We love this venue,” said Lauren. “It’s very different and fun, and the wine is fantastic.” They were trying the Blue Norther and the Blushing Texan with a cheese plate and Billy said “We will definitely be back. We like the atmosphere here. It’s very welcoming.”
Joe is thrilled that M6 wines are featured at favorite Tyler restaurants, including Rotolo’s, Dakotas, and the Grove. “Mention that you would like to try an M6 wine and you won’t be disappointed,” he said.
The Moodys welcome you to experience M6 Winery & Tasting Room. “We want everyone who visits us to feel like they are our honored guest,” said Joe Moody.
M6 is open Saturdays from 1-6:30pm and is located at 201 W. Main St., Bullard. They can be reached at (903)360-0369, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Facebook at M6Winery.
Family Friendly Classic Car Event Coming September 22nd – Mark the Date!
4th Annual “Cruisin’ for a Cause” Classic Car and Truck Show
Saturday, September 22nd, 9am-1pm, the 4th Annual “Cruisin’ for a Cause” Classic Car and Truck Show will be held at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 13590 Hwy 110 S., in Tyler.
This family friendly event will feature not only classic cars and trucks and music but also food trucks and merchandise. It is free to attend.
Registration is open to classic cars, trucks – all makes, model and years are welcome. There is a $15 entry fee per vehicle.
September 21st: BBQ Battle & Ribeye Roundup
Shoot To Salute with BBQ Battle & Ribeye Roundup
Put your shooting or cooking skills to the test or simply just come and enjoy some great food for an even greater cause!
Friday, September 21st, there will be a Steak Cook Off. Saturday, September 22nd, there will be a friendly sporting clay shoot, sanctioned International BBQ Cookers Association “IBCA” cook-off, games, raffles, and live DJ.
This will benefit Lone Star Warriors Outdoors, A Texas Non-Profit Organization
Lone Star Warriors Outdoors was founded by Retired Army and Combat Veteran Chris Gill. In 2011, a program was created focusing on hunting, fishing, and other outdoor adventures. Helping combat injured warriors fight PTSD, and working with suicide prevention. The goal of LSWO is to get those warriors back out doing what they love, or teaching them a new sport and allowing them the time with other combat vets to talk and feel apart of a team again.
This will be held at 6S Ranch, 8159 CR 313W in Lindale. For more info go to: lonestarwarriorsoutdoors.com.
Tyler Firefighters Association, Tee Off For Toys: Sept. 24th
8th Annual Tee Off For Toys
You are invited to sponsor or play in the 8th Annual “Tee Off for Toys” Golf Tournament Monday, September 24th, 9am-6pm at the beautiful and scenic Hideaway Lake Golf Course in Lindale.
Hosted by the Tyler Professional Firefighters Association, this four-player scramble benefits The Salvation Army’s annual Angel Tree program.
Each player is also asked to bring an unwrapped toy ($10 and up value) with them on tournament day.
Prizes will be given for 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, closest to the pin, and longest drive.
For information or to register go to salvationarmytexas.org/tyler/tee-off-for-toys/ or email email@example.com.
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