Denice Ingalls grew up in Woodinville, Washington – a quiet rural town at the time – in a family that was all about family. Every holiday and weekend revolved around time with parents, sisters, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles- most of whom lived close by. Ingalls attended college at Pepperdine University in California where she earned a Bachelors of Arts in Economics.
She came by winemaking by a circuitous route – first working with honey as an ingredient for craftsman breads, and microbreweries and eventually calling on her memories of Mead, or honeywine, in English literature. Inception to fruition was a long journey – the winery being bonded in 1997, débuting its first bottle in 1999, and continuing to stretch its wings through today.
Ingalls has been involved in every step of Sky River Meadery. She selects the honeys used in the meads, works with the wines as they ferment, collaborates on packaging, oversees the mountains of paperwork, and enjoys working with customers and teaching them about Mead. Outside the winery, Ingalls is blessed to spend her time with her two beautiful children and a friendly dog. Theirs is a happily chaotic life of hockey, soccer, fly-fishing, great books, hiking, gardens, good friends and always a good bottle of wine.