Federal Wine & Spirits

29 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

Upcoming Tastings - In-store, 5-7pm. WED Sept 19th - John Duval Barossa, with Tim Duval. WED Sept 26th - Brunellos from Gaja and Il Poggione.

This Week's Tasting

John Duval Wines with Tim Duval

September 19, 2018

John Duval has had an illustrious career in winemaking. He spent 29 years at Penfolds, rising from apprentice to become Chief Winemaker in 1986. Under his stewardship the winery received numerous awards; IWS Winemaker of the Year in its London competition in 1989; in 1991 and 2000 IWC Red Winemaker of the Year there, and in 1995 having the 1990 Penfolds Grange, which he oversaw, named as the Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year. (Continue reading)

Last Week's Tasting

Ramey Wine Cellars with George Staikos from the winery 

September 12, 2018

George Staikos gave an excellent presentation of some very fine wines. People's favorites:  Many loved the depth and richness of  Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay. (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

More Great Values - September 6th

We tasted several wines at greatly discounted prices, including: A very fine Estate St. Veran; A top-end Russian River Chardonnay at an everyday price; Some Rhones at 21 (old enough to drink), and an excellent Tuscan Red. Many of the wines sold out...
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Great Rieslings, Great Prices - August 29th

We had promised some very good values in dry and off-dry Riesling. The large number of people who showed up for the tasting on a 95° summer day evidently agreed.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

BBQ II; The Italians - August 22nd

Peter writes, "One of the first tasters last week asked why these wines were good for a BBQ. I answered because they are Italian. And tasters agreed throughout that these are all great food wines.""
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Loire Winemaker Arnaud Lambert - August 15th

It is always tempting to see a man reflected in his work. Arnaud Lambert was likeable, modest and unassuming, Open and direct, he was matter-of-fact and without hype or pretense.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

New & Notable

2017 Tasca d’Almerita Mozia Grillo Whitaker Foundation

Happiness is Back in Stock

Porta del Vento

Exciting New Wines from Sicily

2013 Jamet Cote Rotie

"Terrific Depth and Concentration..."

New On the Shelf

Fresh, Top Notch, and/or Wonderful

2016 Schiopetto Friulano Cuvee M

Reflections and Shadows

2015 Dievole Chianti Classico Vigne Sessina Gran Selezione

The Divine Valley

2016 Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Moussiere

Fine Sancerre from "One of the Best in the World"


Wake Up and Smell the Etna

Domaine Henri Boillot

Last Call for Choice Remaining Bottles

2013 Fontanafredda Barolo Serralunga d’Alba

Back to the Beginning

2015 Orin Swift Mannequin Chardonnay

A Wine We Loved

The Most Exciting New Tuscan Reds

2013 Badia a Colibuono Montebello + 2015 Pagliarese Chianti Classico Riserva

Cantina della Volta

Lambrusco to Change the World

2016 Albino Rocca La Rocca Cortese

Piedmont’s Finest

Bordeaux 2017 en Premeurs

Mixed Feelings

2014 Sottimano

Barbaresco for Burgundy Lovers (and Barbaresco Lovers)

2017 La Spinetta Il Rose di Casanova


Valpolicella Ripasso

Excellence and Value From Verona

Martin Woods

New, Fine American Pinot Noir & Chardonnay

Clos St. Antonin

Domaine Janasse's Newborn Sister

2015 Robert Foley The Griffin

A Wine We Loved

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