Federal Wine & Spirits

29 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

Upcoming Tastings - 5-7pm, In-store: Wednesday, May 23th - Evan Martin of Martin Woods, Willamette. Thursday, May 24th - Macallan & Highland Park

This Week's Tasting

Martin Woods, Willamette Valley, with Owner-winemaker Evan Martin

May 23, 2018

We were as impressed with Evan Martin the day he walked into our store unannounced with a backpack of Willamette wines, as we have been with any previously unknown winemaker. Chardonnay, Gamay, and Pinot Noir, all had a poise and precision and purity that you seldom come across. (Continue reading)

Last Week's Tasting

Spring into Summer - Two Whites, Two Ros├ęs, Two Reds

May 16, 2018

Tasters thought the 2016 Gadais Muscadet was in a very good place right now, to drink as a roundly-fruited aperitif or to pair with seafood. There were absolutely no complaints about its $13.99 price. It sold out at the tasting but we expect more in the next day or two. (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, and Saturdays 11am - 6pm

Past Tastings

Springtime Whites and Lighter Reds - April 25th

Maybe we should have called last week’s tasting “wines that taste good in the rain”. Still for the hearty souls that braved the weather it turned out to be a very interesting group of wines.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Aglianico and Friends - April 18th

We started last week with two whites from Campania. They were both dry, clean and well balanced. Other than that, completely different.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Spicy Mediterranean Reds - April 11th

Last week was a little crazy as all the wines had similarities but each was very much defined by its own character.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Thomas Calder - April 4th

Important: First we'd like to say we opened on the advice of several people to open three wines in advance so they would show their best. If either the 2013 Domaine de Collier Saumur Blanc, 2015 Thillardon Chenas Les Boccards or 2016 Vincent Paris Crozes Hermitage interests you, please decant at least an hour ahead.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

New & Notable

2013 Ramey Cellars Syrah Rogers Creek

Sense & Sensuality

2014 Des Marais Cabernet Sauvignon Yakima

Why You Get a $50 Cabernet for $25

2016 Proprieta Sperino Rosa del Rosa

Still Crazy after One More Year

2014 Sottimano

Barbaresco for Burgundy Lovers (and Barbaresco Lovers)

Drink Like the Macrons

at the White House State Dinner

2017 La Spinetta Il Rose di Casanova


Yet Another White Burgundy Deal

2014 Chanson Vire-Clesse

Valpolicella Ripasso

Excellence and Value From Verona

Loosen - Some of the Finest New Breed German Dry Riesling

at the best prices

2014 Pelissero Barbaresco

Works of Art... With Very Special Pricing

Martin Woods

New, Fine American Pinot Noir & Chardonnay

Clos St. Antonin

Domaine Janasse's Newborn Sister

2015 Bordeaux Cru Classe

These wines are offer Ex-Bordeaux and will arrive in two to three months.

2015 Robert Foley The Griffin

A Wine We Loved

Ceritas Porter Bass Vineyard Chardonnay

A Wine We Loved

2003 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio

Perfect Maturity

Intense Greatness in Montalcino - Prearrival Offer, March 2018 Arrival

2013 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino + 2012 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano

A Wine We Loved

Antoine Sunier 2016 Regnie.

Special Occasion Italian Whites

2014 La Spinetta Langhe Bianco Sauvignon Limited Edition + 2015 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco Calderara

2015 Burgundy 1 Domaine and Maison Faiveley

2015 is an exceptional year for red Burgundy.

New, Notable, Not Much of It

From one to twelve bottles

2004 Garofoli Rosso Conero Riserva Grosso Agontano

Rare and Exclusive

2013 Barolos

The Hype is Correct

Wine From the Gods

2015 Botromagno Nero di Troia Murgia Rosso and 2011 Rivera Castel del Monte Il Falcone

Upcoming Events

May 24th: Single Malt Scotch Tasting in Store Thursday May 24th, 2018. POUR LIST ANNOUNCED

Highland Park and Macallan with Sammy Karachi. Tastings at 4:30 or 6:00 PM. Read on...

Single Malt Scotch

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.

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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