Federal Wine & Spirits

29 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

Upcoming Tasting -Wednesday, July 27th: Apples, Honey and Grain - Hot Weather Coolers

This Week's Tasting

Cool off with Apples, Honey, and Grain

July 27, 2016

It's sometimes so hot that a body wants coolness from drinks not made from grapes. This week we'll explore some heat fighters made from apples, honey, and grain. (Continue reading)

Last Week's Tasting

Italian Whites for Seafood

July 20, 2016

Interesting tasting last week in that almost every taster liked every wine. Nearly all the purchases were for mixed cases. (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

The Loire - Red, White and Rose - July 13th

Five of last week’s six wines were from ┬áthe very ripe2015 vintage, which meant that they showed richer and somewhat less crisp than the norm. Most tasters liked that that quality a lot - some who had longer histories with Loire wines found them too ripe and less classic than they preferred.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

The Wonderful 2015 German Vintage - July 6th

Both those familiar with German Rieslings and those who were new to them appreciated the quality of the German 2015s. The wines are unusually rich and full in intensity. Some good for now, some for the cellar.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

The Fourth of July Grill - June 29th

People praised the full, dense dry white 2014 Les Terres Blanches Chenin Blanc, but overwhelmingly went home with the exotic flavors of the 2014 Sea Monster Eclectic White.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Italian Variety with George Schwartz - June 22nd

Peter writes, "It was very nice to have old friend and Italian Importer George Schwarz to conduct the tasting last week. He is extremely knowledgeable and the wines he presented ran the gamut of interest and applicability."
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

New & Notable

Prearrival Offer of the Great 2015 JJ Prums

An Offer of Rare Library Wines including Goldkapsul Auslese and Eiswein, direct from the Estate Cellars

A Wine We Love

2014 Nicolas Jay Pinot Noir -Thanks Esther!

2010 Contratto Blanc de Blancs Pas Dose

Amazing Value in Sparkling Wine

2008 Ezio Cocito Barbaresco Baluchin Riserva

Amazing Barbaresco

'Sancerre' Bourguignon

2014 Goisot St. Bris Corps de Garde

The Wines of San Felice - This Place is Different

2011 Il Grigio da San Felice Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, 2011 San Felice Pugnitello, 2011 Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino

2011 Giovi Akraton Etna Rosso

Special Taste of Sicily

2013 Vietti Nebbiolo Perbacco and 2015 Proprieta Sperino Rosa del Rosa

Playing the Value Card With Nebbiolo

Last Year's Most Popular Rose is even better in 2015, and less expensive, too

Ch Roquefort Corail Rose

2011 Abadia Retuerta Sardon del Duero Seleccion Especial

Spanish Gem From the "Golden Mile"

2015 Azienda Agricole Reale Aliseo and 2013 Azienda Agricole Reale Cardamone

The Soul of the Amalfi Coast

Pure Olive Oil and Wine

Living the Good Life

2011 Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne

The Evolution of Barolo

2008 Paolo Scavino Barolo Riserva Bric del Fiasc

Raising the Bar

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Single Malt Scotch

Tasting Recap:

Gordon & MacPhail with Joe Swanson - sale prices until June 24, 2016

Single Malt Scotch Tasting

Gordon & MacPhail - 4:30 P.M. OR 6:00 P.M. Instore, Thursday June 9th, 2016

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.

The Olde Mouldy

Read about Nate’s pop-up whisky bar, convened weekly in Cambridge!

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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