Wildwood Oak Winery’s Kelsi Kreek Grenache Rose takes Gold through the Beverage Tasting Institute World Wine Competition – According to BTI, “Beverage Testing Institute, the creators of the first international wine competition in the United States, produces detailed reviews so that you can discover and understand drinks you will love. For 40 years, BTI has been trusted by consumers for their scientific approach, transparency, and highly regarded judges. An award from BTI is synonymous with quality.” To see some of the BTI reviews of Wildwood Oak wines, check out the “Review” for each wine in the “Shop” tab. Each wine also lists results from BTI and other wine competitions.

Owner/Winemakers Tony and Anita Matlock completed Level 3 of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) – The Wine and Spirit Trust (WSET) is a leading provider of professional wine expertise to the industry. WSET offers 4 levels of education with Level 3 considered their advanced program. The test consisted of a blind wine tasting using a systematic deductive analysis of wine. Tony and Anita completed their tasting portion with merit. The second area is on wine theory. The test consisted of multiple choice and short answer essays. Anita completed the theory portion with distinction. For more information about why they choose WSET, visit the “About Us” tab. To learn about WSET, go to: 

Owner/Winemaker, Tony Matlock, appointed to the city of Yucaipa’s AVAPC – The Yucaipa Valley Wine Alliance (YVWA) has filed an application to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to have the Yucaipa Valley known as an American Viticulture Area (AVA). The city of Yucaipa created a planning committee to help guide the development of the AVA. Tony was appointed to the committee as the Vice Chairperson. The benefit to an AVA is that grapes produced into wine can be labeled with the Yucaipa Valley AVA. Without the designation, the grapes could only be labeled as California or South Coast. To learn more about the YVWA, go to:

Owner/Winemakers Tony and Anita Matlock Asked to be Wine Judges – The Orange County Wine Society (OCWS) asked Tony and Anita Matlock to serve as wine judges for their Amateur competition. Judges sit in a panel of 4 and taste approximately 30 wines and rate them using the Davis 20-point system. The judges evaluate 10 quality factors such as clarity, color, aromas and taste. The idea is to provide the amateur winemakers with constructive, yet supportive feedback. Anita likens this to jury duty saying, “The wines are perfect until proven otherwise. They are evaluated to the set of facts as you perceive it. And, you hope you make the right decision.”