The New York Wine & Culinary Center (NYWCC) announced that Tricia Renshaw has been named their Beverage Education Director. 

“As a winemaker and future winery owner herself, Tricia is the perfect fit at NYWCC to act as the liaison between the wineries and the Center,” said General Manager, Peter Rogers. “She was a Winemaker at Fox Run, and the Assistant Winemaker at Hermann J. Wiemer.  She is currently in the process of launching her own wines under her label, Venus Rising, very soon. Her extensive background and passion for the New York State beverage industry align directly with NYWCC’s mission to educate, engage and excite our visitors by celebrating and showcasing NYS products.  For our wine education classes, Tricia will be able to instruct on a whole new angle for us from a winemaking perspective versus the wine tasting approach we have always done and with the tremendous increase in home-winemakers, we feel there will be a great appreciation for those types of classes.”

Renshaw’s unique journey into winemaking was highlighted in Evan Dawson’s book, Summer in a Glass. As a single mother of two, she left her teaching job to pursue her interest in winemaking, which led her to an internship under Peter Bell at Fox Run. During her time there she went back to school and received her Winemaking Certificate from UC Davis. Most recently, Renshaw assisted with the 2013 harvest at Hermann J. Wiemer before starting her new role at NYWCC this spring.

“I'll have the privilege of engaging with wineries from all over New York State, learning what they are doing, where their passions lie, and bringing their messages to visitors of the Center,” said Renshaw.  “I hope to introduce new wineries to consumers, and to bring updates from old favorites, through teaching classes, leading intimate small-group guided tastings, and through some new programs like wine tasting clubs geared to varying levels of expertise and interest, as well as Thursday night mixers, where guests will get to mingle with assistant winemakers and vineyard workers in a casual and fun atmosphere.”

To register for Renshaw’s classes, and learn more about upcoming wine events and mixers, visit or call 585.394.7070. 


About the New York Wine & Culinary Center
The New York Wine & Culinary Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 2006 to educate visitors while showcasing New York’s dynamic agriculture, wine and food industries.  The Center’s state-of-the-art facility overlooking Canandaigua features a Hands-On Kitchen, Educational Theater, Tasting Room, Private Dining Room, gift boutique, and the local-fare restaurant, Upstairs Bistro.  Daily activities, events, and classes surround the Center’s mission to educate, engage, and excite.
To learn more about the New York Wine & Culinary Center, please call 585-394-7070 or visit


Amy Slentz,PR & Marketing Manager New York Wine & Culinary Center 800 South Main Street Canandaigua, NY 14424 p: 585-394-7070 ext. 128