Federal Wine & Spirits

29 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

This Week's Tasting:


August 27, 2014

John writes, "Many California vineyards are in soils and climates close to those of France's south, especially the Rhone. It's no surprise that people are planting grapes that give the same rich, spicy, full flavors that you get in southern France." (Continue reading)

Last Week's Tasting

Best of Barbecue

August 20, 2014

It was no surprise that most found the 2012 Justin Sauvignon Blanc to be the value wine of the night, as it has been one of our single most popular wines this summer. (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

Summary of the Summeries - August 13th

Should we say that all the wines were favorites? We might well, as everybody who came liked something and some liked all of them.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Southern France, Mostly - August 6th

Last week's tasting had two favorite wines, for different preferences and  different reasons.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Italian BBQ - Wine for Food - July 30th

Peter writes, "For many, some of the wines last week were brand new."
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Loire Valley - Chenin's Loveliness, Sancerre's Middle Finger - July 23rd

2010 Montlouis Sur Loire Les Tuffeaux - the favorite wine of a plurality of a large group of tasters. People liked it for its creamy richness, its depth, and understated peach and almond flavors. A sweet note on the finish became more pronounced as the wine warmed and aired through the tasting,
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

New & Notable

Celebrate Novelty

2011 Negro Lorenzo Roero Arneis Spumante

Limited Quantities of Two Wonderfully Successful Estates

2012 Meo Camuzet and Faiveley Red Burgundies

Tenuta delle Terre Nere Biancos and Rosatos

Ridiculously Sophisticated and Classy Wines

Two Less Usual Summer Pinot Noirs

2010 Clos Henri Pinot Noir Petit Clos, New Zealand and 2013 Domaine Saint Nicolas Pinot Noir, Loire

2010 Burlotto and Fenocchio Barolos

Inventors of Tradition and Proprietors of Value

2011 Walter Hansel Russian River Chardonnay North Slope

Full, Rich, Stoney

2010 Renzo Masi Chianti Rufina Riserva

A BMW for the Price of a Bicycle

2012 Domaine Faiveley

Rare and Dear, Well Worth It

2013 M. Lapierre Morgon and 2013 Lapierre Raisins Gaulois

Tradition and Revolution

Sicily Leads the Way

2013 Gurreira Grillo, 2013 Cantine Valenti Enrico IV Carricante & 2012 Cantine Valenti Poesia Etna Rosato

2010 Proprieta Sperino Costa della Sesia Uvaggio and 2008 Proprieta Sperino Lessona

Dazzling Nebbiolo, Great Value

Local Boy's Bordeaux Wows the French

2010 Ch. Edmus St. Emilion Grand Cru

A Rhone Master Strikes Anew

2011 Pierre Usseglio Lirac

2011 Cantine Valenti Norma and 2011 Cantine Valenti Puritani Riserva

Mount Etna Strikes Again

2010 Lokoya - Mountain Cabernet of the Highest Quality

In case you are curious, we can get some for you

2009 Cantina della Volta Lambrusco di Modena

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Upcoming Events

August 28th: A Yeast by Any Other Name...

Tasting Brettanomyces beers with Nate. Thursday, August 28, 2014, 5 -7 PM in-store. Read on...

Single Malt Scotch

Browse our Scotch Online!

We are pleased to present selections from our unmatched Scotch inventory.

Longrow 14 Year Old Burgundy Finish 56.1%

A Very Special Whisky from Springbank Distillery - Twice-Distilled and Heavily Peated

Lismore Single Malt - Something New to Us

Limited amounts of the 15 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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