My wife and I were driving from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara over the holidays, and I was shocked to see vast acreage of grapevines on both sides of the freeway being watered by overhead sprinklers at midday. Here in Flagstaff, Ariz., due to evaporation, no landscape watering can take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. year-round.
I now see that Gov. Jerry Brown has declared one of the worst drought years in California history. Is the wine industry so sacred that it is allowed to waste water, a precious resource in the West? Where is the drip irrigation?