Federal Wine & Spirits

29 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

Upcoming Tastings - Wednesdays - August 24th: Cutting Edge 2015 German Rieslings with Riesling Maven Stephen Bitterolf ~

This Week's Tasting

2015 German Rieslings From Cutting Edge Estates with Wine Maven Stephen Bitterolf

August 24, 2016

Riesling is an extraordinary grape, certainly worthy along with Chardonnay and sauvignon to be called one of the noble white varieties. It has a strong individual character, but shows richer and more interesting flavors from the soils of the vineyards and regions in which it grows. (Continue reading)

Last Week's Tastings

Cru Beaujolais; So You Thought You Hated Gamay

August 17, 2016

People tasted the sunlight, and the great differences in what a wine called Beaujolais can be. (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

Weird Spanish Wines, and Gin on Thursday - August 10th

Peter writes, "Last week we had some fun labels and very good wines. The whites were all praised for both the quality and the value."
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Bargain Summer Wines; The Light and the Serious - August 3rd

One of our intended wines last week got lost on the way to the tasting, so we had to find a last minute understudy. It garnered so much praise from the assembled critics, that we are making it a part of the regular cast.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Cool off with Apples, Honey, and Grain - July 27th

Drew writes, "The tasting was a rousing success pretty much across the board. One would be hard pressed to single out one favorite above the others. Thank you to all of our tasters for this fun and wonderful evening."
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Italian Whites for Seafood - July 20th

Interesting tasting last week in that almost every taster liked every wine. Nearly all the purchases were for mixed cases.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

New & Notable

2014 Meo Camuzet

A More Classic Vintage

An Offer of Older Rarer Wines

from an Impeccable Cellar

2014 Gilles Troullier

A Modern Master in Syrah and Grenache

Fine, Mature Riserva Chianti at a Great Price

2001 Prunatelli Chianti Rufina Riserva

2011 Von Schubert Maximin Grunhauser Weissburgunder


Price Reduction on 2013 Ridge Geyserville

A Federal Wine Exclusive

The Best $40 Napa Cab You Can Get ~ 2009 Bell Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

A Federal Wine Exclusive

Sought-after White Burgundies

Special Pricing Until Saturday, August 6, 2016

Badia a Coltibuono ~ 2009 Sangioveto and 2011 Montebello

Library Release and A Brand New Wine

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.

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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