Earlier this year, President Donald Trump proposed eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), three government programs that have long ground conservatives’ gears. Thankfully, Congress rebuffed Trump’s request this summer and granted the programs the same (and in some cases, better) funding for the fiscal 2017-2018 budget.
So National Public Radio (NPR), which falls under CPB, lives on to see another year—and hopefully, much longer than that. But the occasional threat of losing your funding from the President, and the nonstop grind of having to report on every single one of that President’s obnoxious actions, is enough to make anyone drink—hard. And so that’s why NPR went and started its own wine club.
Today, NPR announced a quarterly wine club for public radio supporters and wine enthusiasts. It’s a collaboration with licensed wineries and retailers, along with Direct Wines and Wines That Rock, that delivers a case of 12 curated wines to your door every three months, as well as the detailed stories and background notes on each selection, because this is NPR we’re talking about.
Sign up today and your first case will cost just $79.99 and include three complimentary, NPR-themed reds. You’ll get—ready for it?—All Grapes Considered, a “newsworthy malbec” from Argentina, per NPR’s descriptions; Weekend Edition, a California cabernet sauvignon that’s “serious, authoritative, but capable of providing moments of pure delight,” à la the show of the same name; and a California merlot called Uncorked—because “just as public radio needs its supporters, so too does merlot.” (Thanks a lot, Sideways.)
Future cases will cost $149.99, but will feature a dozen premium wines from around the world, each selected by an expert team that tries over 40,000 vinos a year and only picks the top two percent for the NPR Wine Club.
“NPR has a tradition of producing and distributing programs that meet the highest standards of public service in journalism and cultural expression,” said Howard Jackowitz, Co-Founder of Wines That Rock, in a press release. “Now the NPR Wine Club will extend that tradition by bringing together a formidable team of wine experts to guide its members on a journey of discovery through the world of wine.”
Happy drinking. You’re going to need it.