Federal Wine & Spirits

29 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

Upcoming Tasting -WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 - Instore, 5 - 7 pm - Tasty New South Americans

This Week's Tasting:

July 29, 2015

This week we’re exploring some off the beaten path South American wines. They’re made with grapes other than Malbec (to tell the truth there is a bit of it in the Lien) and have bright flavors and complexities outside the norm. One white and five reds in our cool cellar. (Continue reading)

Last Week's Tasting

Spain, especially Montsant, with importer Chris Campbell

July 23, 2015

The wines bore familiar Spanish and Portuguese names, but either excelled far above the usual levels for their regions or took them in a new direction, or both. (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

Barbera and Merlot - Underrated, Well Worth Knowing - July 15th

A good crowd for grapes that seemed unlikely paired together, but the two turned out to be unexpectedly harmonious.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Fire Up the Barbie! - July 8th

Both whites, the 2011 Kumeu River Pinot Gris and the 2013 Brokenwood Semillon - were crowd pleasers, both enjoyed for their crisp acidity which rode just on top of ripe fruit.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Sancerre White, Sancerre Rose - July 1st

The Federalistas who came to last week’s tasting were no fools.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Summer Seafood Wines - June 24th

Six Fishy Propositions, Considered...
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

New & Notable

Compare and Contrast: Terroir in a Time Warp

Valle Reale Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, 2011 Vigneto di Sant'Eusanio and 2010 Vigneto di Popoli

Peter Hemenway in Piedmont, literally

2011 Elio Grasso Barolo - Wine of Kings, King of Wines

2013 Clos Cibonne Cotes de Provence Cru Classe Tibouren

This Summer’’s Best New Rose

2013 Lafage Bastide Miraflors Cotes Catalanes

Robert Parker Falls in Love, Unexpurgated

2014 Proprieta Sperino Rosa del Rosa and 2014 Cantine Valenti Etna Rosato Poesia

Great Italian Rosato North and South

2010 Tasca d’Almerita Riserva del Conte

Sicily’'s Greatest...Sicily’s Rarest

2011 Cristom Sommers Reserve Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

An Introduction to Elegance

2014 Claude Riffault Sancerre Les Chasseignes

The Return of One of Last Year’'s favorite Sancerres

Loosen’'s Wonderful 2011 Great Growth Reserves

Rieslings to Rival the Finest White Burgundies

2014 Castello di Ama Rosato

Rosato for Rainbows

Ch Roquefort Corail Rosé

Last Year’'s Most Popular Rosé is even better in 2014

Azienda Agricola Reale, 2014 Aliseo White, Cardamone Red

Chilly Sharp Cliffs, Mountains and Wild Animals

2013 Ch. Simone Palette

Still the Best

2013 Patrick Piuze Chablis Have Arrived

Classic Chablis from a Young Master

Wines We Loved

The Girls in The Vineyard

Prearrival - Gilles Troullier

A Modern Master in Syrah and Grenache

New, Notable, Not Much Of It

Two Very Limited Pinots from Anthill Farms

Sale on Delicious Loire Red and White

2012 Pierre Chainier Quintessence Pouilly Fume and 2012 Hauts de Sanziers Saumur Rouge

Shiloh Winery

Simply Outstanding Wines for Any Occasion

New on the Shelf:

Pretty & Pleasurable White

Wines We Loved

Jo the Magnificent

2010 Ceretto Barolo

Crazy Good

Delicious Affordable Red Burgundy

2012 Domaine de Moulin Neuf Givry Meix au Roi

2010 Brunello di Montalcino (futures)

As Good As 1955?

Cavallotto Barolo (The Return of the Jedi)

Bottling Beacons of Excellence

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Single Malt Scotch

Father's Day Drams

Whiskey for Dad.

Lismore Single Malt

Limited amounts of the 21 and 18 Y.O.

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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