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Wine stores in Boston

#1 Post by Vamsi Kaipa » March 15th, 2019, 4:52 pm

Hello,
Staying in Boston for a week. Are there good wine stores to visit which have old and rare sections? Also, a good spirits specialist store?

Thank you in advance.
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#2 Post by Charles Hetzel » March 15th, 2019, 9:00 pm

I’m curious about this too
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#3 Post by Seth V. » March 16th, 2019, 5:41 am

Your best bet in town is Federal wine. They opened up a new fine and rare room downstairs that has a lot of good stuff. You’ll have to ask to go in there it’s not part of the normal store.

In the suburbs Gordon’s in Waltham and Marty’s in Newton are both good.
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#4 Post by Scott Goodwin » March 16th, 2019, 5:47 am

Seth V. wrote:
March 16th, 2019, 5:41 am
Your best bet in town is Federal wine. They opened up a new fine and rare room downstairs that has a lot of good stuff. You’ll have to ask to go in there it’s not part of the normal store.

In the suburbs Gordon’s in Waltham and Marty’s in Newton are both good.
+1 to all these suggestions

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#5 Post by C. Keller » March 16th, 2019, 6:55 am

+1 to all of these. Federal is great for old and rare. For spirits they also have a large whiskey and scotch selection. Here is their website.
http://www.federalwine.com/

There is also a Gordons in Downtown Crossing that has a limited selection of wines but also a large spirits section. Its about a 10 minute walk from Federal.
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#6 Post by Blair Ridley » March 16th, 2019, 9:45 am

In addition to the fine recommendations above for Federal and Gordons in Downtown Crossing, I'd also suggest Brix Wine Shop on Broad Street (they may have another location as well) and Boston Wine Exchange on Devonshire. They have good selections (generally) but, like most stores in the state, they are quite pricey. Fun to window shop and maybe splurge on a bottle...but don't expect too many bargains.

(Federal is my favorite local store --- and if you're an Italian wine fan, I can think of no other expert than Peter)

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#7 Post by kyledorsey » March 16th, 2019, 12:21 pm

I enjoyed Social Wines in the Southport area when I was in town for a conference last week.

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#8 Post by David_K » March 16th, 2019, 1:11 pm

Seth V. wrote:
March 16th, 2019, 5:41 am
Your best bet in town is Federal wine. They opened up a new fine and rare room downstairs that has a lot of good stuff. You’ll have to ask to go in there it’s not part of the normal store.
This is news to me. You can hardly move down there - how did they open up a new room? Or are you referring to the whole downstairs?
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#9 Post by C. Keller » March 16th, 2019, 3:28 pm

David_K wrote:
March 16th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Seth V. wrote:
March 16th, 2019, 5:41 am
Your best bet in town is Federal wine. They opened up a new fine and rare room downstairs that has a lot of good stuff. You’ll have to ask to go in there it’s not part of the normal store.
This is news to me. You can hardly move down there - how did they open up a new room? Or are you referring to the whole downstairs?
There's a room downstairs that is only accessible by key and it holds the real good stuff. It is also climate controlled
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#10 Post by Gary Schulte » March 16th, 2019, 4:58 pm

This topic was discussed in the past year or so. Check old threads for this topic. As I recall there were many good suggestions.

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#11 Post by Josh Espinosa » March 16th, 2019, 7:49 pm

JM Fine Wines slightly outside of Boston is an awesome place to visit and buy from. Family owned and they have an amazing selection of Napa Cabs if your into them for the right price.

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#12 Post by Seth V. » March 17th, 2019, 12:11 pm

Word on the street is the new room at federal was Ned Johnson’s (Fidelity) former cellar he kept at his office. Federal took over the space.

The whiskey selection at federal is very good too.

Don’t be shocked when you walk in. It looks like a mom and pop packy at first blush.
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#13 Post by Merrill Lindquist » March 17th, 2019, 12:52 pm

Seth V. wrote:
March 17th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Word on the street is the new room at federal was Ned Johnson’s (Fidelity) former cellar he kept at his office. Federal took over the space.

The whiskey selection at federal is very good too.

Don’t be shocked when you walk in. It looks like a mom and pop packy at first blush.
I loved reading the word "packy." The only place I have heard this word is in Massachusetts. Homesick right now, thank you.
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#14 Post by William Gladstone » March 17th, 2019, 2:38 pm

Vamsi Kaipa wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 4:52 pm
Hello,
Staying in Boston for a week. Are there good wine stores to visit which have old and rare sections? Also, a good spirits specialist store?

Thank you in advance.
A store to check out is Lynnway Liquors, has a broad selection of domestic and imported wines, rare whiskey, beers, and personal service,
located in Lynn MA., Boston's North shore community.
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#15 Post by Ken Strauss » March 17th, 2019, 3:04 pm

Seth V. wrote:
March 16th, 2019, 5:41 am
Your best bet in town is Federal wine. They opened up a new fine and rare room downstairs that has a lot of good stuff. You’ll have to ask to go in there it’s not part of the normal store.

In the suburbs Gordon’s in Waltham and Marty’s in Newton are both good.
I went to Boston University and started learning about wine from Marty at Marty’s wines.
When I went there it was Macy’s wines but I guess Marty took over. Those were the days of $12 for 1st growth wines.
Nice to know the store is still good.
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#16 Post by Gerry Morrisey » March 18th, 2019, 5:28 pm

Rapid Liquors just north of the city on rt28 in Stoneham is also very competitive. Ask for Doug, very fair guy.

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#17 Post by AndrewH » March 18th, 2019, 6:14 pm

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
March 17th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Seth V. wrote:
March 17th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Word on the street is the new room at federal was Ned Johnson’s (Fidelity) former cellar he kept at his office. Federal took over the space.

The whiskey selection at federal is very good too.

Don’t be shocked when you walk in. It looks like a mom and pop packy at first blush.
I loved reading the word "packy." The only place I have heard this word is in Massachusetts. Homesick right now, thank you.
Definitely one of those words you only hear people from Mass. (and maybe parts of RI) use. Like frappes and jimmies.
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#18 Post by Bill H » March 18th, 2019, 7:04 pm

Gerry Morrisey wrote:
March 18th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Rapid Liquors just north of the city on rt28 in Stoneham is also very competitive. Ask for Doug, very fair guy.
+1 on Rapid and Doug
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#19 Post by Paul H Galli » March 18th, 2019, 9:32 pm

AndrewH wrote:
March 18th, 2019, 6:14 pm
Merrill Lindquist wrote:
March 17th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Seth V. wrote:
March 17th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Word on the street is the new room at federal was Ned Johnson’s (Fidelity) former cellar he kept at his office. Federal took over the space.

The whiskey selection at federal is very good too.

Don’t be shocked when you walk in. It looks like a mom and pop packy at first blush.
I loved reading the word "packy." The only place I have heard this word is in Massachusetts. Homesick right now, thank you.
Definitely one of those words you only hear people from Mass. (and maybe parts of RI) use. Like frappes and jimmies.
Definitely RI...

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