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Founder Feature: LEAH CAPLANIS

Sometimes life throws you a curveball that ends up being a home run. Such was the case for Leah Caplanis, founder of SOCIAL Sparkling Wine, the “cleanest alcohol available today,” according to its website.

Leah was 26 and working on her MBA when a cancer diagnosis changed her focus and direction. Rather than having surgery, Leah undertook a holistic approach to healing. She became vegan, quit drinking, and educated herself on alternative treatments. The focus of her late 20s was restoring herself to health. The MBA, and her social life, took a back seat.

Six years later, blessedly cancer-free, Leah was ready to engage in the social world outside her healing circle. What she found was that there was teetotalism on one hand, or drinking alcohol made with components she had learned were not conducive to health, on the other. Instead of opting for either of those choices, Leah discerned a business opportunity.

She created SOCIAL Sparkling Wine to offer a more healthful choice for people who want to imbibe and partake in a healthier lifestyle. Eschewing flavorings, coloring, and sweeteners, Leah instead created wines made with organic superfoods like hibiscus, roses, and ginger. And to support the environment that supports us, SOCIAL Sparkling Wine is offered in cans, which have a smaller carbon footprint than glass.

Leah got a huge boost when her wine was featured on CNBC’s Billion Dollar Buyer. And that’s a great thing for Girls on the Run. SOCIAL donates 1% of its proceeds to this nonprofit that supports girls in their personal lives via teamwork and running.

Let’s raise a can to Leah and SOCIAL Sparkling Wines!

Katelyn Murphy-McCarthy

Katelyn is a writer and editor specializing in creative nonfiction. She comes from a long line of entrepreneurs, and loves hearing and sharing the stories of women who are making a difference.
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