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 Wednesday, May 31st, 5-7pm. Theme TBA.

This Week's Tasting

New Style Chardonnay

May 24, 2017

Once upon a time the taste of chardonnay-based wines ran a spectrum; from lean and acid-green when white burgundies and other from the Old world didn't ripen enough to the over-the-top butterscotch banana split style of pretentiously over-ripened, over-oaked California renditions. The best wines were around the middle; ripe with pear, sometimes tropical fruit, with not so much oak that balance was foregone or terroir obscured. (Continue reading)

Last Week's Tasting

New Cabernets, Bordeaux vs Napa

May 17, 2017

Lots of people showed up in the 90 degree heat to taste heavy body reds. We held an informal poll as to which wines people preferred. Those who voted preferred Bordeaux over Californians by 62% to 38%. (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

Refreshing Loire Values - May 10th

The white wines performed as expected but seemed a bit softer and more evolved than my tasting notes below would have shown.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Domaine Serene at the Top of Their Game - May 3rd

The Oregon wines were as good as expected. The surprise was in the quality and balance of the Domaine de la Cree burgundies.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Delicious Portuguese Bargains - April 26th

Peter writes, "For last week’s tasting of great value wines from Portugal we saw two things right off. First was really lousy weather and second was a small but very enthusiastic group of tasters."
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Last Week's Two Tastings - April 19th

Ernst Loosen, and The First Rosés of Spring
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

New & Notable

2016 Bordeaux Futures

Plan ahead for another “wine of the century” Bordeaux vintage.

Return Of Two Classics

2016 Castello di Ama Rosato and 2014 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc Oncle Vincent

2015 Schiopetto Friulano "Mario Schiopetto"

A Tribute to a Legend

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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