Federal Wine & Spirits

29 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

Upcoming Tastings -Please join us for our weekly free in-store wine tastings. Our next will be Wednesday, September 20th - Discover The Variety of Dolcetto. Wednesday, September 27th - Tasty New Pinot Noirs. See also our Upcoming Events heading for an upcoming wine Seminar with Fabrice Rosset, Président Directeur Général of Champagne Deutz.

This Week's Tasting

A Variety of Dolcetto

September 20, 2017

Peter writes, "Consider this. Piedmont in NW Italy is home to some of the greatest food and wine in the world. By now everyone who delves into fine wine knows about Barolo and Barbaresco. Dolcetto, however, is still relatively unknown in this country even though it is the 'everyday' wine of Piedmont." (Continue reading)

Last Week's Tasting

The Inimitable Dave Powell, His Superb Shiraz and Friends

September 13, 2017

Dave’s wines were more powerful and precise than four letter words or two digit scores. Tasters lapped them up as eagerly as they did Dave’s earthy comments on life, liberty, and the pursuit of wine, women, and song. (Continue reading)

Federal offers free tastings every week. 2012 Winner of Icons of Whisky Award

Boston's premier wine shop, offering an 8,000 bottle cellar of fine and rare wines from around the world. Join us for our free tastings Wednesdays, 5 - 7 pm.

We also carry a full line of spirits, ales and beers for all tastes and budgets, including a splendid selection of single malt Scotch. Voted one of Whisky Magazine's "Icons of Whisky": 2011 and 2012 Scotch Retailer of the Year, USA.

Open Mon - Fri 9am - 7pm, Saturdays 11am - 6pm, and closed Sundays

Past Tastings

Steve Burgess, Volunteer Fireman, Soccer Dad, Owner Burgess Cellars - September 7th

Steve is as low key and down to earth as his wines are fine. Tasters responded very positively to both.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought


The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

St. Supery Napa Valley Estate Returns - August 16th

Tasting Notes to Come
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Savory Sauvignon Blanc - August 9th

Sauvignon Blanc in various guises last week, with an emphasis on European -style crispness and finesse.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

New & Notable

New Arrivals to the Cellar

Mature Wines


2015 Chateau d’Yquem

2013 Paolo Scavino Barolo Monvigliero

The Original Piedmont Grand Cru

2012 Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino

Pride of Place

2016 Tasca d’Almerita Grillo Tenuta Whitaker Estate

History in a Glass

An Offer Of Older Rarer Wines, Mostly Burgundy

Bottle Quantities, Case Lots

2016 Ch La Blaque Rose Pierrevert

Price Break on a Rose from The Other Provence

2014 Michel Niellon Whites

Classic Style and Striking Balance

2015 Brigaldara Valpolicella and 2016 Sergio Mottura Grechetto Poggio Della Costa

Great Everyday Red Meets the Organic Porcupine

2015 Domaine Giraud

Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition

The Perfect Chablis for This Season

Two from Sebastien Dampt

2015 Paolo Scavino Langhe Nebbiolo and 2015 Cavallotto Dolcetto d’Alba Vigna Scot

An Intelligent Choice

2015 Domaine Ott Ch Romassan Bandol Rosé

Decanter's Best Rosé for Food - Half Bottles; Half Off

Three Very Select Italian Whites

Tuscany - 2014 Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano Fiore, Campania - 2015 Azienda Agricola Reale Aliseo, Alto Adige - 2015 Cantina Valle Isarco Kerner Aristos

2014 Decelle-Villa Meursault

Price Reduction on a Delicious White Burgundy

2014 Dom Jessiaume Volnay Les Brouillards 1er Cru

Classy Premier Cru Burgundy, Less than Village Price

2015 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso

The Grand Crus of Sicily

2016 Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Rose

The Pinot Noir that Beat the Heat

2013 Allegrini La Grola and 2013 Allegrini Amarone

Gold Stars From Verona

A Wine We Loved

2014 Marcel Deiss Engelgarten

Ch Roquefort Corail Rosé

The Most Distinctive of Rosés

2015 Nicolas Jay Pinot Noir Willamette

Classic Begets Classic

2014 Didier Dagueneau Blanc Fume Pur Sang, Silex

The French Press is Enthusiastic

2015 Schiopetto Friulano "Mario Schiopetto"

A Tribute to a Legend

David Ramey's 2013 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Its Dark Mysteries

Special Sangiovese From the Mountain

2014 Fontodi Chianti Classico Filetta di Lamole

2011 Badia a Coltibuono Montebello

Amazing Bottle for a Special Occasion

2010 Elio Grasso Barolo Riserva Runcot

The Best or Nothing

Upcoming Events

September 26th: How to Craft a Great Champagne with Fabrice Rosset - Président Directeur Général of Champagne Deutz

Tuesday, September 26th, 5:30 - 7:30pm. $40 - Reservation required. Read more...

Single Malt Scotch

Last Week's Scotch Tasting

February, 2017: Gordon and MacPhail with Richard Urquhart and Joe Swanson

See Our Single Malt List

Click on the Fine Wines and Rarities tab at the top of the page, then choose "Single Malt Scotch" from the category list.

Limited Release - Springbank Distillery Local Barley 16 Y.O. 53.3%

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REMINDER (with whisky list): Bottle Signing -Scotch Tasting

Kilchoman Distillery Wednesday, September 28th AFTERNOON, Instore, 2:30 - 3:45 P.M. This is our only tasting. Come in, taste and meet the Wills family... read more

Bottle Signing -Scotch Tasting

Kilchoman Distillery Wednesday, September 28th AFTERNOON, Instore, 2:30 - 3:45 P.M. This is our only tasting. Come in, taste and meet the Wills family... read more

Great Blog Article - June 26, 2013

Bozkurt Karasu interviews Joe Howell about whiskey, life and Joe's philosophy of customer service. Find link here . . .

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