First up to bat: Tondi Bolkan, Winemaker at Coppola Winery

Winemaker’s On Deck

Woman in red baseball hat smiling holding a bottle of Claret with baseball stadium in background.

  1. What is your favorite ballpark food (non-specific to Giants) +what Coppola wine would you pair it with? Gotta have a BRAT, not a dawg.
  2. Most fun tailgate activity is Everything about the tailgate is fun except for the bathroom situation.
  3. If you could sneak any bottle of Coppola wine into the ball park which one would it be? Brut Rose…but good thing it comes in a can!
  4. Would you rather go through harvest or sit through 30 innings of a baseball game? I’d rather work back to back harvests.
  5. In winemaking what has been your biggest grand slam moment? Anytime we get props from the Coppola’s is always a grand slam.
  6. What is your favorite ballpark memory?  I was 16 and just got my license.  I drove with my friends from the suburbs to the city to see the Cubs at Wrigley Field.  That was my first MLB game.
  7. Who is your favorite baseball player and why?  Growing up in Chicago in the 80s, WGN was always on in my house, even if it was just for white noise.  I have the best memories of hearing Harry Caray calling the plays of second baseman, Ryne Sandberg.
  8. If you had to pick one dip to eat forever, what would it be?  I don’t care what people say. Ranch all the way.
  9. Baseball hat, beret, fedora hat, beanie or cowboy hat? Lazy hair day = baseball hat.
  10. If you were a baseball player, what would your walk out song be?  LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out.
  11. If you could have any baseball player (dead or alive) sign a jersey or ball, who would it be? Ryne Sandberg
  12. What position would you play if you were recruited to play for a weekend? GM 😉