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 Tuesday, May 2nd, 5-7pm: Extraordinary Domaine Serene Pinot Noirs.

This Week's Tasting

Delicious Portuguese Bargains

April 26, 2017

Peter writes, "Over the years Portuguese wines were always tossed into the “value” category. The only problem is that, at first some of what was being offered was simply not very good. Two things have changed..." (Continue reading)

Last Week's Two Tastings

Ernst Loosen, and The First Rosés of Spring

April 19, 2017

Stars from Loosen's Grand Crus, and a wide spectrum of pleasurable pinks. (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

2014 and 2015 Bellene Burgundies - April 4th

Some very good wines last week. A few stood out. We have some at special net prices which are good until the end of this week.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Character and Precision from Southern France - March 29th

We decanted all but the Cotes du Rhone two hours before the tasting, to have them be at optimal drinking. With the spice of a Rhone and the breadth and depth of a Napa Cabernet, the 2014 Ch. Virgile Costieres de Nimes Cuvee l'Eneide proved the most satisfying to the majority of tasters, especially at its $20 price.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

The Adventures and Joys of Blending - March 22nd

A surprise emerged in the tasting. The most popular wine was the decidedly untraditional  2016 Teutonic Willamette White "Pig & Swords" a white wine based on Pinot Noir. Most tasters found a sweetness in it that I had not noted, but one that was nicely balanced with acidity. It sold out at the tasting. We have gotten more in.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Mucci Imports With Stefan and Linda Vaja - March 15th

Peter writes, "Last week we drifted around Italy with a bit of concentration on Alto Adige. Stefan and Linda Vaja who own Glassier winery near Bolzano were here to show some of their wines along with their importer Nick Mucci. To fill out the fare, Nick chose three other wines."
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

New & Notable

2016 Proprieta Sperino Rosa del Rosa and 2016 Feudo Maccari Sicilia Rosé

The Most Distinctive of Rosés

Elegant and Sophisticated

2010 Marques de Vargas Rioja Reserva, 2011 Conde de San Cristobal Ribera del Duero and 2015 Pazo de San Mauro Albarino

David Ramey's 2013 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Its Dark Mysteries

2013 Renato Ratti Barolo Conca and 2013 Renato Ratti Barolo Rocche dell’Annunziata

The Heart of La Morra

Merry Edwards Wonderful 2014 Pinot Noirs

and a Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Bussoletti Brecciaro Ciliegiolo di Narni and 2015 Gurrieri Frappato di Vittoria

And Now for Something Completely New and Different

2015 Burlotto Langhe Freisa

Natural Traditional Greatness

2012 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance

A World Classic Dessert

2015 ByOtt Cotes Du Provence Rose

Amazing Bottle for a Special Occasion

Special Sangiovese From the Mountain

2014 Fontodi Chianti Classico Filetta di Lamole

2016 Hamilton-Russell Chardonnay

A Brooding and Dense Follow-up to the Highly Touted 2015

La Spinetta Library Offer

And the Latest From E Pira Chiara Boschis Barolo (2013)

2013 Zenato Alanela Rosso Veronese

The Best Value in Red Wine Ever

2011 Badia a Coltibuono Montebello

Amazing Bottle for a Special Occasion

Powell and Son

Not Your Father’s (or Robert Parker’s) Shiraz

Classic Inglenook Vintages 1965 - 1970

Limited quantity, Wines will arrive next week.

2012 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Cask

Back in Its Future

2013 Domaine de la Biscarelle Chateauneuf du Pape Les Anglaises

Richness that Defies Gravity

Top 2013 Cabernets

2012 may have gotten the press, but 2013 will be the vintage for the ages.

2010 Elio Grasso Barolo Riserva Runcot

The Best or Nothing

Two Federal Wine Exclusives from Hamilton Russell

2010 Ashbourne Sandstone and 2016 Hamilton Russell Olive Oil

A. F Nichols Willamette Pinot Noirs

Pure Pinot, Pure Pleasure

A Wine We Loved

2014 Faiveley Mercurey Blanc Clos Rochette

2014 Gilles Troullier

A Modern Master in Syrah and Grenache

2012 Domaine Mouton Givry Clos Charlé 1er Cru

Love at First Taste

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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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