A Blizzard, A Bottle and; No Corkscrew

Sounds like a nightmare, right?

Buffalo, New York, is currently blanketed by approximately 5 feet of snow. No one is getting in or out or anywhere.

The first rule of emergency weather preparation (besides generators, first aid, fresh water, etc) is to STOCKPILE THE WINE to ensure that you never find yourself trapped in the house for several days without easy access to your best coping mechanism libations.

The second rule is to have a corkscrew on hand.

BUT FEAR YE NOT - if you don't have a corkscrew, there are creative ways to get into your bottle.

My sister and brother-in-law live in Buffalo, are currently snowed in and yesterday found themselves with a bottle of wine, but no way to access it. Thankfully they are both handy and know that the best way to solve a problem is to google it immediately. And then also to video tape yourselves attempting to do something where safety is not guaranteed and which might result in disaster. And send said video to your sister who has a blog, so she can put it on the Internet.

A video of these two trying to get into a wine bottle with a screw, a hammer, and sheer force of will is below. I'll summarize the process here:

1. Put screw into cork.

2. Attempt to lever out the cork using the tail of the hammer.

3. Realize you may break it/you're not strong enough/you don't want to be the one who spills the wine.

4. Make your husband do it.

5. He breaks the cork.

6. Cry dramatically in despair.

7. Husband tries again.

8. Remainder of cork is removed with screw and hammer.

9. Epic celebrating.