Sitting on a prominent hillside overlooking the Cayucos Pier and a distant Morro Rock is the historic Borradori Garage. Originally built in 1932 along the Roosevelt Highway, the automobile repair garage was named the Roosevelt Garage. In 1949 when the State of California realigned Highway 1, it purchased the property and the garage. However, Sam Borradori immediately bought the building back, moving the structure slightly to its present location at 455 N. Ocean Blvd.
In 1995, the landmark garage passed to the Dante Borradori family. Dan (Sam’s nephew) and wife Sharon Borradori hired Cayucos contractor/winery owner, Stuart Selkirk, to restore, repaint and provide ongoing maintenance since Cayucos is a vacation destination for the Bakersfield residents.
“It was a modern day blacksmith shop until it was retired in 1985. A 1925 Mack Truck is displayed in the garage,” said Selkirk. “Other than a clear story additiona, it is the original garage.”
The family encourages its limited use for nonprofit benefit events as well as membership events for Cayucos Cellars, the winery owned by the Selkirk family.
“Many have joined our wine club just to get inside the Borradori Garage and look around,” said Selkirk. “Of course, they stick around because we have great wines and great parties.”
And what’s new at Cayucos Cellars? “When the recession hit in 2008, wine sales dropped,” said Selkirk. “By 2009 sales dropped another 10% and in 2010 things stopped, so Laura and I scheduled a trip to Italy. Harvest was late and my boys, Ross and Clay, had to step up. By Skype I was directing wine-making electronically. Clay knew how to do everything, but never had the responsibility. Ross is more into construction. But they did a great job and so we incorporated into Devil’s Gate Wineworks.”
They produce Pinot from Cayucos-grown grapes, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, blends and more and compete with Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo to attract more customers to taste at their Cayucos Cellars tasting room at 131 N. Ocean in Cayucos.
Cayucos Cellars is actively participating in the annual ZinFest Weekend, typically the third weekend of March. The ZinFest is the kick-off to a season of wine festivals that pepper the Central Coast. And the Central Coast is ripe with hundreds of old vine wineries and newly developed family wineries and partnerships. Pick a time to visit the Central Coast beginning with this weekend’s ZinFest based in Paso Robles and discover a festival, events or tours happening in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Cayucos, Morro Bay, Harmony, San Simeon, Templeton, Avila, Arroyo Grande, Lompoc Gap near Solvang, Santa Maria Valley, and San Miguel. Weather and soil conditions create perfect combinations to produce savory whites in the southern appellations of the county and rich, hearty reds in Central Coast northern regions.
So enjoy ZinFest this weekend! Stop by Cayucos Cellars’ tasting room Sunday afternoon. Along with a glass of red or white, they will fire up the “bar-b” to grill oysters…most likely from the Morro Bay Oyster Farm…although it is raining today and that plays havoc with the oyster beds in the bay…but that’s another story to be told from the Central Coast.
We sure need the rain, but it’s a shame it had to happen for Zinfest! I’ll have to get up to Cayucos and check out Cayucos Cellars. Funny how we never do the touristy things in our own backyard.