Federal Wine & Spirits

29 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

Upcoming Tastings - 5-7pm, In-store - Wednesday, April 18th: Aglianico

This Week's Tasting

Aglianico and Friends

April 18, 2018

Well, we did spicy Mediterranean reds last week with one serious omission. Certainly one of the most well known of this group is Aglianico wine from Campania and Basilicata. In fact two very well known Italian wine experts, Ian d’agata and Marco di Grazio, consider Aglianico to be on par with the greatest Italian wine grapes. So this week we will make up for it by tasting four of those. (Continue reading)

Last Week's Tasting

Spicy Mediterranean Reds

April 11, 2018

Last week was a little crazy as all the wines had similarities but each was very much defined by its own character. (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

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

Robert Foley - March 30th

A good turnout last week despite the competition of Good Friday and Passover. People loved the wines, as well as Bob Foley and Kelly his wife. People were surprised at the white and rosé wines and impressed very deeply with the two Cabernets.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Easter Wines - March 22nd

In an eclectic group of wines last week there was a clear group favorite. The 2012 Terre Rouge Syrah Cotes de l'Ouest showed a round affability and great character that few other syrahs, whether Rhone or West Coast can match at anywhere near its price. We sold out of the 2012 but will have in 2013 tomorrow. It is as least as good, if not better.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Israeli Wines - Passover - March 15th

A few wines stood out in tasters’ comments. The least expensive red and white got favorable notes, thePinot Gris for its bright freshness and the Malbec for its softness and up front fruit.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

New & Notable

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

2016 Librandi Efeso

Unique White from Calabria, a Federal Wine Exclusive

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.

2011 Monte del Fra Valpolicella Superiore

Classic Italian Red- Great Value

2015 Robert Foley The Griffin

A Wine We Loved

Select Piedmont Wines

At Great Prices

Ceritas Porter Bass Vineyard Chardonnay

A Wine We Loved

2003 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio

Perfect Maturity

2015 Pagliarese Chianti Classico (Felsina)

The Second Renaissance

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.

1995 Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva

Just in Case You Didn’t Know

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 3rd: Tasca d’Almerita Dinner with Giuseppe Tasca

Thursday May 3rd, 2018, 6:30 PM, at Mamma Maria. Read on...

April 26th: Scotch Tasting in Store THURSDAY April 26th, 2018.

Speyside Distillery with Ed Kohl. 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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