Generous Drinker

Chief Justice Gives Away His Wine

Gay Talese, one of New York’s old-school raconteurs, popped up online Monday to share a great story. Saturday night, U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts dined with his wife Jane at an Upper East Side restaurant. When the two got up to leave, they turned to Talese’s table and offered them their unfinished Chianti Classico 2005: “Excuse me,” Roberts said, “but we cannot possibly finish this wonderful bottle of wine, and I wonder if you’d like to try it.” When asked, Roberts signed the bottle with a ballpoint pen.