We’re pleased to congratulate Rosendo Leon, who has been named Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage’s 2011 Employee of the Year.
A plaque honoring him has been placed in the cooperage, alongside past honorees.
Rosendo has been with the company for 18 some years and is in charge of toasting. At any given time, he oversees ten barrels on the fires.
We sat down with him (briefly—getting time away from the toasting floor is a challenge) for a few questions.
What’s your favorite part of coopering?
Toasting. It’s all about giving our barrels the best toast possible, while they are on the fire.
Is toasting an art or science?
Both, hands down.
Do you have a favorite toast?
Definitely medium. It smells so good. You use a smaller fire than you do for medium plus or heavy toast, and the flavors and aromas are the best.
Can you tell the difference between American and French oak toasting?
Of course. American oak has a much stronger smell. French oak is much softer, with beautiful soft aromas.
More pictures of him in action can be seen in Kristopher Skinner’s audio-visual slideshow (Bay Area News Group):
Congrats again, Rosendo!