Photos: Vintage wine tasting fundraiser for Taylor’s Island

The event began with a Champagne toast honoring the life and legacy of S. Gregory Taylor. (Credit: Elizabeth Wagner)

The event began with a Champagne toast honoring the life and legacy of S. Gregory Taylor. (Credit: Elizabeth Wagner)

The Taylor’s Island Foundation held a vintage wine tasting fundraiser Saturday at Hanff’s Boatyard in Greenport.

The event, which was held on Greek Independence Day, began with a Champagne toast honoring the life and legacy of S. Gregory Taylor (Soterios Gregorios Tavoulares). He bequeathed Taylor’s Island to Shelter Island Town.

The Taylor’s Island Foundation was established in 2006 and is a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to maintaining Taylor’s Island and the historic Smith-Taylor Cabin.

The wine tasting began with a Champagne toast honoring the life and legacy of S. Gregory Taylor (Soterios Gregorios Tavoulares). The wine tasting selections included vintage reds, whites, and dessert wines from France and California. Assorted cheeses, breads, olives, and meats were also highlighted along with homemade Greek treats.

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Martin and Kristin Hunt.

Martin and Kristin Hunt.

Emily Houk and Jedediah Berry of Amherst, Mass.

Emily Houk and Jedediah Berry of Amherst, Mass.

Selina Truelove of Greenport with her son, Ernest, and Martin Hunt of Shelter Island.

Selina Truelove of Greenport with her son, Ernest, and Martin Hunt of Shelter Island.

Table 1 enjoying a well-paired assortment of homemade Greek treats, along with cheeses, breads, olives, and meats.

Table 1 enjoying a well-paired assortment of homemade Greek treats, along with cheeses, breads, olives, and meats.

Table 2 having fun during the fundraiser.

Table 2 having fun during the fundraiser.

Jim Polychron pours the first white wine — a 2002 Chablis Premier Cru Montée de Tonnerre.

Jim Polychron pours the first white wine — a 2002 Chablis Premier Cru Montée de Tonnerre.

From left, Jim Polychron and Steve Jacobs educated guests on the history of both vintage wine and Taylor’s Island.

From left, Jim Polychron and Steve Jacobs educated guests on the history of both vintage wine and Taylor’s Island.

The evening featured a selection of Steve Jacobs’ vintage collection of Champagne, whites, reds, and dessert wines from both France and California.

The evening featured a selection of Steve Jacobs’ vintage collection of Champagne, whites, reds, and dessert wines from both France and California.

Guests were encouraged to learn more about the island as organizers shared a scrapbook of its history, featuring a photo of the historic Taylor-Smith Cabin on the cover.

Guests were encouraged to learn more about the island as organizers shared a scrapbook of its history, featuring a photo of the historic Taylor-Smith Cabin on the cover.

Artwork by Mary Theinert.

Artwork by Mary Theinert.

A closer look of the face painted by Mary Theinert.

A closer look of the face painted by Mary Theinert.

Fish painted and mounted on a blue wave by Diana Malcolmson.

Fish painted and mounted on a blue wave by Diana Malcolmson.

Artwork by George W. Rowland.

Artwork by George W. Rowland.

From left, Louise Poleshuk and Amber Brach-Williams of Shelter Island appreciating artwork created and donated by Mary Pat Mosca and Mary Dudley.

From left, Louise Poleshuk and Amber Brach-Williams of Shelter Island appreciating artwork created and donated by Mary Pat Mosca and Mary Dudley.

A spotted sandpiper carved by Captain Ed Clark, Jr.

A spotted sandpiper carved by Captain Ed Clark, Jr.

P.A.T. Hunt discussing the history of Taylor’s Island and the importance of preserving the island and the historic Smith-Taylor Cabin.

P.A.T. Hunt discussing the history of Taylor’s Island and the importance of preserving the island and the historic Smith-Taylor Cabin.

The scrapbook contained hundreds of photos, newspaper articles, letters, and various other memorabilia.

The scrapbook contained hundreds of photos, newspaper articles, letters, and various other memorabilia.