Our Team


Leigh Benoliel


After spending too many years in Hollywood, California promoting network television for FOX and NBC, it was high time to embark on a new career. I am an owner on a mission. The mission is to establish Paradise Wine LLC as the premier retail destination in Southwest Florida for exceptional wine, craft beer and premium spirits.

Please come visit us at Paradise Wine. We are excited to make new friends, share a glass, laugh, love and enjoy our beautiful surroundings.


Blaine East


I have two passions … wine and meeting new friends. I have never met a stranger.

Because of my background in architecture and shopping center development, I envisioned a totally new concept in retail. After four years of brainstorming, lots of trips to Florida and sweat equity, I am proud to present Naples with Paradise Wine. Please come meet our fabulous staff and experience my vision.


Bert Stewart

Assistant General Manager

When I landed a part-time job as the wine steward at a City Club in Raleigh, North Carolina back in the early 1980s, I was just two sips and a wine article ahead of our members and their guests. Thirty years and countless bottles later I have at last reached the pinnacle of my career through my association with Paradise Wine. Along the way in my career in the hospitality and club industry I have learned that service to others and a passion for good living are the cornerstones of a good life.  Come have a glass with me!

*Level One Certification from The Court of Master Sommeliers