Brent Melville’s Lucky Dogg Winery Wins Big at Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Solvang’s “Lucky Dogg Winery” Wins “Best of Class” Award and
Three Medals at 2015 Los Angeles International Wine Competition

— Lucky Dogg Winery Owners, Brent Melville and Mead Whippo, Take Home
Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals; “Brady’s Blend” Syrah Wins 97 Points —

June 3, 2015 – Solvang, CA – Solvang, California-based Lucky Dogg Winery ( Owner/Winemaker, Brent Melville, and General Manager/Owner, Mead Whippo, took home three medals, one for each of their three wines entered, from the recent 2015 Los Angeles International Wine Competition, as well as a Best of Class Award and a 97-point score for the boutique winery’s limited production 2013 “Brady’s Blend” Syrah – one of the top 25 highest scores in the competition, and the highest point rating for any of the entered Syrahs.

Lucky Dogg Winery’s 2013 “Brady’s Blend” Syrah also earned a Gold Medal in the Competition, joining its sister wines the 2013 Lucky Dogg Viognier and 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir which respectively, won Silver and Bronze medals in the Competition.

The Los Angeles International Wine Competition showcases the finest domestic and international vintages through a wine-tasting event that is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious in the United States. The Competition’s esteemed panel of judges uses a blind-tasting method, maintaining the highest standards of integrity and professionalism that has remained the Competition’s foundation for its 76 years.

Lucky Dogg Winery officially launched in late-June 2014, initially pouring five releases in their Solvang wine tasting room: Lucky Dogg 2013 Viognier, 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir, 2013 Pinot Noir, 2013 Syrah and 2013 Reserve Syrah – all derived from grapes grown at California Central Coast vineyard, Verna’s Vineyard (Cat Canyon, Los Alamos; Santa Barbara County), whose farming operations were at the time of Lucky Dogg’s launch, managed by Lucky Dogg Winery’s Brent Melville.

In the past 11 months, Lucky Dogg Winery has increased its production from an exclusive 750 cases to a total case-count of approximately 1,100, in an effort to keep its “garagiste” status but also fulfill Wine Club allotments and retail and wholesale requests. Lucky Dogg sold through almost all of its award-winning vintage 2013 wines, with plans in place to release their 2014 Viognier and 2014 Rosé of Pinot Noir, mid-June 2015.

Lucky Dogg’s wine production duo, Brent Melville and Mead Whippo, focus on creating wines that are “all about balance”; the pair refers to their production methods as “holistic”, with an end goal of producing wines that represent the grapes’ origins in reference to both the physical traits of the respective terroir, and their original, positive energy and all-around “good vibes”.

The Lucky Dogg winemaking philosophy revolves around the notion that perfect fruit will require little-to-no manipulation in the winemaking process and to this end, Lucky Dogg wines are barreled in neutral oak or kept in stainless steel tanks, allowing the essence of the vineyard and the purity of the grapes – and of the wines – to shine.

Lucky Dogg Winery’s physical winery facility is located in Buellton, California, in a co-operative winemaking facility bearing the name “Le Crush”. The facility houses Lucky Dogg’s winemaking operations with room for additional, interested labels. Lucky Dogg also recently started a custom bottling program for restaurants wanting their own, house wine label.

Brent and Mead leveraged Verna’s Vineyard’s reputation for producing Burgundian and Northern Rhone-style Santa Barbara County wines, with the February 2014 release of a stainless steel Chardonnay to accompany the label’s original Viognier, Rosé of Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir and Syrah, the other varietals currently planted at Verna’s Vineyard.

Lucky Dogg Winery is currently sold at 28 different California restaurants, wine bars and shops, and the label will be expanding its availability to Florida, Nevada and other U.S. markets in the near future.

Lucky Dogg Winery’s tasting room is located at 1607 Mission Drive, Suite 102 (at the corner of Mission Drive and Atterdag Road), Solvang, CA 93463. Lucky Dogg is open from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sunday through Thursday; and from 12:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Friday and Saturday. The Lucky Dogg tasting room is dog- and kid-friendly; limited lot parking is available behind the building, as well as ample street parking. Lucky Dogg Winery is available for special events.

To reach the Lucky Dogg Winery tasting room directly, please call 805.691.9774. More information about Lucky Dogg Winery and their Wine Club, is on the Web at, as well as on Facebook and Twitter at and

For more information about Lucky Dogg Winery or the current release wines, please contact Anna Ferguson-Sparks, Stiletto Marketing, at 1.877.327.2656 or


To reach the Lucky Dogg Winery tasting room directly, please call 805.691.9774. More information about Lucky Dogg Winery and their Wine Club, is on the Web at, as well as on Facebook and Twitter at<a/> and

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