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RAW organiser Isabelle Legeron MW says there is growing demand for natural wine in the US market.

Natural and artisan wine show RAW is expanding to the West Coast with a new show in Los Angeles on the back of strong demand from West Coast importers, distributors and growers.

The new LA show will be held the weekend after the second New York show, on 12-13 November 2017, at wellness centre, juice bar and veggie restaurant The Springs in the downtown arts district of the city.

The premier showcase for winegrowers, dealers, buyers and suppliers, which alternates each year between Bordeaux and Hong Kong, generates some 50 million euros ($56 million) in direct business and twice that in knock-on benefits.

The world's wine industry will converge on Sunday when the prestigious Vinexpo kicks off in Bordeaux, the capital of French viticulture, with Chinese visitors leading the pack of foreign punters.

Spain -- one of France's leading competitors along with Italy -- is this year's guest of honour at the four-day extravaganza drawing some 45,000 buyers and 1,000 journalists.

Robert Gravelle, general manager and wine director of Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse, in the restaurant's main wine cellar.  (ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE / TORONTO STAR)

These venues have a proven track record of delighting diners with toe-curlingly good bottles and top-notch wine service.

Many restaurants profess to cater to the wine enthusiast but few can wow even the most jaded aficionado. After all, doing so requires two things — a vast, well-stocked, carefully curated cellar and a knowledgeable, perceptive sommelier who knows all the wines on offer. Here’s why.

Santa Maria Valley Wine Trolley parked at a stop at Presqu'ile Winery.

2017 may be a good year for wine-themed attractions in Santa Maria.

On May 27, a new partnership between the City of Santa Maria, Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors & Convention Bureau (VCB) hit the road with the Santa Maria Valley Wine Trolley.

From left: Sean Hamill, Andy McCormick, Stephen Dobbin, Averil Johnston, Jane Boyce, James Nicholson and Maria Elena Lugea during a wine tasting at JN Wines

Northern Ireland wine company celebrating 40 years in business says it has invested £300,000 in its new online ordering system.

JN Wines, based in Crossgar, Co Down, began selling from founder James Nicholson's Ford Cortina in 1977.

It now sells its products into restaurants across the UK.