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Leah Norton Searching for a Wine Program

Leah’s interest in wine began in her sophomore year in college. She had an opportunity to attend a board of trustees event that year and ended up talking to a man who had a passion for wine and wineries. The man talked about how he bought property in Virginia that was planted with peaches. He tore the peaches out and planted grapevines. His passion rubbed off and soon Leah found herself interested in wine.

While taking business courses, Leah began to focus on the wine industry. For one project she wrote a feasibility study for a winery. Later she wrote a business plan for a winery. Now she is searching for programs and likes the Washington State University programs and Sonoma’s programs. The trip to France confirmed Leah’s passion for wine, wineries and vineyards. She has learned a lot from the trip and the people on the trip. Perhaps one day, Leah’s business creativity will change the adage: “How do you end up with a small fortune in the wine industry? Start with a large fortune.”


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