Federal Wine & Spirits

29 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

2023 Bordeaux First Growths Futures - A price perspective

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Free Wednesday Tastings -Plan to join us! In-store 5:00 - 6:30... Read on for more info...

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This Week's Tasting

Why a Sancerre Became a Duck, and other Value Sauvignon Blancs

July 17, 2024

Not a fairy tale, but with a happy ending for you (Continue reading)

Last Week's Tasting

Italian Summer Whites + Reds

July 10, 2024

Refreshing, easy drinking, and perfect for any outdoor event during the hot summer days. (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. Please call 617.367.8605 for latest availability. Voted one of Whisky Magazine's "Icons of Whisky": 2011 and 2012 Scotch Retailer of the Year, USA.

Open Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm, and Saturday 11am - 6pm




Past Tastings

Summery Rosés - June 26th

Seven dry wines, seven styles; each appealed to some of the tasters.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Byron Kosuge - Pinot Noir + Friends on California's North Coast - June 19th

Those who braved the heat last week were rewarded with Byron's intelligent, interesting explanations of how and for what he makes his wines.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Winemaker Bob Lindquist - June 12th

The unique accents of the 2022 Verdad Albarino and 2021 Lindquist Viognier-Chardonnay made them the most purchased.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

Whites of Character more than Price - June 5th

One or another wine was someone's favorite, but more people singled out the Carminucci Marche Bianco as a wine that delivered a lot of crisp character for a reasonable price.
The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought

New & Notable

2022 Dubreuil-Fontaine Burgundies

"A Lot to Like" - Burghound

Bodegas Teso La Monja

Taking Toro to the next level

2021 Chiara Condello Sangiovese di Prediappo

A Clear New Voice in Sangiovese

2023 La Spinetta Il Rose di Casanova

A Glass of Tuscan Spring

2024 Roquefort Corail

Our Most Popular Provencal Rose Returns

2022 Gueguen Chablis Cuvee 1975

Much More than a Pretty Face

2021 Drouhin Oregon Roserock Chardonnay

Discovering a new vision of Chardonnay - Inspired by Burgundy, but grown and produced in Oregon

2020 Ch. Pierre 1er St. Emilion Grand Cru

Juicy and Delicious For Now or Later

Acclaimed Mastrojanni Brunellos, Discounted and Ready to Drink

2018 Brunello di Montalcino + 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Schiena d'Asino

2022 Domaine Pelle Menetou-Salon Morogues Les Blanchais + Ratier

The Best ‘Sancerres’ Outside Sancerre

Another Value in 2022 Ier Cru White Burgundy

Domaine Curveux Pouilly-Fuisse Vigne Blanche

Clos du Mont Olivet, Tradition and Freshness

2021 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition + 2020 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Papet

Snap Sale

Deep Discounts on Mature Wines

2020 Ch. Moulin St. Georges St. Emilion Grand Cru

"Gorgeous Under-the-Radar St. Emilion"

Exciting New Austrian Red and White

2022 Ingrid Groiss Braitenpuechtorff Gemischter Satz + 2021 Paul Achs – Edelgrund Blaufrankisch

2019 Casanova di Neri “Giovanni Neri” Rosso di Montalcino

New and Special

2015 Marc Colin Library Releases

Wonderful White Burgundies to drink now

Two Great Values in Red Burgundy

2019 Domaines de la Tasse d’Or Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Nuits + 2022 Domaine Coillot Bourgogne Cote d’Or

2022 Burlotto di Verduno Varietals

Remarkable Quality Across the Board

2020 Ch. Lafon Rochet

An Exceptional Success

2019 Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna Il Poggiale

From a Leader in the Tuscan Wine Renaissance

Sottimano Barbaresco Cotta + Sottimano Barbaresco Fausoni

The Wines of the 2020 Vintage

2020 Ch. Tour St Christophe

St. Emilion on the Ascent

2015 Valle Reale Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Vigneto di Popoli

Some For Us, Some For the Wolves

Ziereisen - Wunderkinden in Baden

In the southernmost part of Germany, wife and husband team Edeltraud and ex-carpenter Hanspeter Ziereisen have become one of Germany’s most talked-about star winemakers.

And Now For Something Completely Different

Bricco Ernesto Rebellious Nature: 2020 - Nebbiolo and Barbera + 2021 - Sangiovese and Nebbiolo

2021 Tenuta della Terre Nere Contrada Etna Rosso


Two Great Italians

2008 Scaglione Barbaresco Come un Volo magnum + 2017 Tenuta Mocceni Chianti Classico Gran Selezione

2022 Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco Contrada

Fractal Complexity in White Wines


The Truly Remarkable New, Next Level of Spanish Wines

The best clone for Cabernet Sauvignon?

2019 Marietta Cabernet Sauvignon Game Trail Clone 6

2017 Cantina Della Volta Brut Rosso

The Best (And Most Famous) "House" Lambrusco

Tale of a Tasting

Giorgio Pelissero - Master of Barbaresco

Champagne Bollinger PN AYC 18

"most expressive yet, hugely satisfying, expansive."

2016 Domenico Clerico Barolo Pajana

Pure Fruit That Tastes Like Music

2020 Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti Classico

Truly Classic

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Single Malt Scotch + Spirits

GlenDronach Whiskey Tasting Event, June 13, 2024

We are thrilled once again to be joined by brand ambassador Dereck Grimm, who will guide us through the wonderful whiskies from the GlenDronach Distillery. In-store, June 13th, 2024 - One session only, 5:30pm. Read on...

Summertime Spirits; Rum and Gin

Now at Federal, special rums and gins to make your summer evenings perfect. Plus, save the day - Thursday 6-13 - Glendronach Tasting. Read on...

Hatozaki Whiskies Tasting In-store

This Thursday May 23, 2024. First Pouring: 5:00-6:00 PM. Second Pouring: 6:30-7:30 PM Read on...

Benriach Tasting In-store

This Thursday May 9, 2024. First Pouring: 5:00-6:00 PM. Second Pouring: 6:30-7:30 PM Read on...

Bruichladdich Distillery Specials

The Bruichladdich Distillery creates thought-provoking whiskies. Bruichladdich is their unpeated label, unusual for its origin in Islay. Read on...

Mossburn + Torabhaig Distillers, Tasting Thursday, Feb 1, 2024, in-store, 4:30pm or 6pm

with Brian Johnson. The Mossburn Distillers have been around for many years. Although you may not have heard of them, they have been buying casks and laying them down until they are ready to bottle. This tasting will introduce Mossburn Foursquare. Read on...

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