Federal Wine & Spirits

29 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

Upcoming Tastings -Please join us for our weekly free wine tastings. Our next will be Wednesday, March 22nd, 5 -7pm in-store. We will be celebrating The Joys of Blending Grapes. March 29th we will be sharing Discoveries in Reds from The South of France.

This Week's Tasting

The Adventures and Joys of Blending

March 22, 2017

Blending a wine from different grapes is as old as winemaking itself. In Bordeaux Merlot softens and broadens the steely tannins of Cabernet Sauvignon. In the southern Rhone grenache performs much the same function with Syrah and  Mourvedre. People have been asking us about blends so we’re going to have fun this week with a number of different ones, few standard. (Continue reading)

Last Week's Tasting

Mucci Imports With Stefan and Linda Vaja

March 15, 2017

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." (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

Laurence Ployez of Ployez-Jacquemart - March 8th

In the branding and selling of champagne there is myth and mystification, and then there is taste and fact. Last week's tasters found Laurence Ployez' presentation refreshingly free of the former and full of the latter. The wines too were full on the palate with impeccable balance.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Cherry and Nektar, Wine and Cider - March 1st

Last week we tasted a lineup of meads and ciders from the elusive B. Nektar.  All of the entries were well received and each one was a favorite in its own right.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Wines With Animals on Their Labels - February 22nd

Peter writes: "So we had a little fun with our selections last week. All of the Animals performed well in the Federal Glass Menagerie."
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Substantial Wines of Croatia - February 15th

Last week we had a really good time introducing tasters to the wines of Croatia. It is only recently that these have become available over here so for most people these wines were completely new.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

New & Notable

2012 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance

A World Classic Dessert

2015 ByOtt Cotes Du Provence Rose

Amazing Bottle for a Special Occasion

2016 La Spinetta Il Rose di Casanova

Celebrate the Rose Season With the Best First

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

2013 Remelluri Blanco

Superb Spanish White

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.

2008 + 2010 La Spinetta Langhe Bianco Sauvignon

Amazing Bottle for a Special Occasion

2013 Cigliuti Barbaresco Serraboella

Master of the Quality Revolution

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.

2013 Sottimano Barbaresco Pajore and 2012 G D Vajra Barolo Ravera

Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun

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

Tastes From Paradise

2011 Valle Reale Montepulciano Vigneto Sant'Eusanio and 2013 Valle Reale Trebbiano Vigna del Convento di Capestrano

2014 Gilles Troullier

A Modern Master in Syrah and Grenache

2012 Domaine Mouton Givry Clos Charlé 1er Cru

Love at First Taste

2008 Paolo Scavino Barolo Riserva Bric del Fiasc

Raising the Bar

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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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