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Winemakers consult the stars to improve quality

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Mike Benziger stands in his vineyard. Benziger uses biodynamic farming practices -- like planting according to the position of the moon -- which, he says, helps maintain the soil and produces a better wine. (Courtesy of Benziger Family Winery)

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Sheep graze in the vineyards of Robert Sinskey. Some biodynamic winegrowers say that having animals in the vineyards helps maintain the life of the land. (Courtesy of Robert Sinskey)

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A shot shows biodynamically grown grapes on the Robert Sinskey vineyard. Sinskey uses biodynamic farming practices -- like planting according to the position of the moon -- which, he says, helps maintain the soil and produces a better wine. (Courtesy of Robert Sinskey)

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A shot shows he landscape of the Benziger Family vineyard which uses biodynamic farming practices -- like planting according to the position of the moon -- which, he says, helps maintain the soil and produces a better wine. (Courtesy of Benziger Family Winery)

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A shot shows he landscape of the Robert Sinskey vineyard. Sinskey uses biodynamic farming practices -- like planting according to the position of the moon -- which, he says, helps maintain the soil and produces a better wine. (Courtesy of Robert Sinskey)

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An increasing number of winemakers are consulting astrology charts and burying manure-filled cow horns to improve the quality of their wine. They say these arcane practices revive the soil to produce a better drink.


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