Rarely do we need an excuse to drink here at the Guardian, but we found some damn good ones for Autumn 2011. Raise a glass, willya?
>>ROGUE PAIRINGS  The boys from Pacific Brewing Laboratories match local suds with local snacks for your culinary explorations
>>GET NAKED  Exploring the natural wine movement from right here in San Francisco
>>GENERATION CORK  Small vineyard families make their mark on the California wine scene
>>BOOZE EVENTS  'Nuff said? It's our run-down of the best places to be seen swilling this season