Federal Wine & Spirits

29 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

Upcoming Tastings -In-store, 5-7pm: WED, August 21st - Torres: A Catalan Winery Takes on Greats All Over Spain

This Week's Tasting

Make Your August Sparkle

August 14, 2019

Sparkling wine in the dog days of August? Why not? We refresh ourselves with lots of fizzies on these hot weather days. Why not wine? (Continue reading)

Last Week's Tasting

Summer Favorites

August 7, 2019

People liked all the wines, but 2017 Brigaldara Valpolicellawas the clear purchase favorite. It offered a lot of pure enjoyment for a very low price. (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

Real Italian Whites - ABPG: Anything But Pinot Grigio - July 31st

Peter writes, "Last week we proved to everyone that “Anything but Pinot Grigio” is a good theme for a tasting. We found out that they really do make great white wine in Italy and that these wines are really different from each other."
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Talbott Vineyards - July 24th

Enthusiastic tasters loved the estate’s two flagship wines, Sleepy Hollow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Everyday Summer Wines - July 17th

People generally liked all the wines and thought they were good value. The all around favorites were the easy-sipping, fleshy and nicely nutty Portuguese 2018 Ponte Vinho Verde.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Dry Flavorful Sauvignon Blancs from Unexpected Places - July 10th

To not much surprise, the 2017 Bailly-Reverdy Sancerre was the most purchased in last week’s tasting. It had the perfect combination of slightly smoky Sancerre character and easy friendly drink ability that made it instantly friendly and appealing.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

New & Notable

2013 Robert Foley Claret

A Great Napa Cabernet for Now or the Cellar

2013 Azienda Agricola Reale Borgo di Gete

You Need to Pay Attention

An Offer of Limited Older Californian Reds 1995-2005

from an excellently maintained cellar.

2010 Ezio Cocito Barbaresco Baluchin Riserva

Rare and Amazing Barbaresco

2014 Ch d'Or et de Gueules Costieres de Nimes Qu'es Aquo

A spiced red of mature, delicious character

2017 Guidobono Nebbiolo d’Alba

Every Day Nebbiolo is a Good Thing

2018 Caravaglio Malvasia Bianco Secco

My Favorite White Wine

Unique Mastroberardino

And Now for Something Completely Different-Twice

2018 Cavallotto Pinot Nero en Bianco “Pinner”

Crazy White Wine From Piedmont

2017 Port

A Vintage Not to be Missed

Wines We Loved

2015 Domaine du Collier Saumur Blanc + 2015 Collier Saumur Rouge La Ripaille

Von Winning:

New Releases from one of Germany’s Best Dry Wine Estates

The UnSancerre Sancerre Rose

2018 Domaine Henry Pellé Menetou-Salon Morugues Rose of Pinot Noir

2017 Drouhin Burgundies

Exceptional Wines in a Very Good Vintage

2017 Tenuta Delle Terre Nere

Premier and Grand Cru Etna

2015 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard

Sale on A Single Vineyard Reserve Wine

Return of a Favorite Champagne

Champagne Labruyere

2015 E Pira Chiara Boschis

The Essence of Barolo

2015 Occidental Pinot Noir Catherine’s Cuvee

An Old Friend Shares a Limited Amount

Rocca di Castagnoli 2015 Chianti Classico

Getting High in Gaiole

Feudo Montoni

Special Pricing for Great Sangiovese

2009 Ezio Cocito Barbaresco Baluchin Riserva

Amazing Barbaresco

Two Very Fine Roses

2018 Ch. Roquefort Cotes de Provence Corail + 2017 Martin Woods Willamette Rose

2016 Lucien Muzard Santenay Les Champs Claudes

A Chassagne by any other Name…

2016 Fort Ross Vineyard Pinot Noir

A Savory Paradox

Chateau Simone, A Great French Estate

New Releases

2012 Proprieta Sperino Uvaggio

Piedmont's Past & Future

2015 Tenuta delle Terre Nere

The Magic of Etna

Pelissero Barbaresco Vanotu Vertical Selection

To Cultivate Dreams and Harvest Passions

2013 Selvapiana Chianti Rufina Vigneto Bucerchiale Riserva

One of the Best Wines of Tuscany for a Song

The Greatest Brunellos di Montalcino

Valdicava and Canalicchio di Sopra

2014 Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva

Sophisticated Quality

2015 Cantine Gulino Nero d’Avola Drus

An Important Style of Nero d’Avola

Poggio La Noce

The Art of Tuscany

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Single Malt Scotch

Single Malt List (paused for now)

Please call the shop if you are interested in Single Malt availability.

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