Spring has sprung in Newmarket! We are craving bright and flavourful dishes to entice our spirits and embrace the spectacular weather to come. Before we know it, we will all be enjoying asparagus, radishes and fresh greens straight from the Holland Marsh!

These sunny spring days have us of dreaming of the beach and this Caribbean Jerk Chicken takes our palate there too. This flavourful one-pan meal has a homemade jerk seasoning that will offer comforting warmth on those cooler nights spring always throws at us. Chicken, jerk seasoning, bell peppers, coconut milk, pineapple and rice come together to create a well-rounded dish. 

Our 2018 Ephemere Vidal Blanc is our Sommelier’s top pick with this recipe! For spicier dishes like this one, we recommend a slightly sweeter wine that will complement the meal and refresh your palate rather than compete with the spice. The Vidal has a bouquet of honey and flowers with notes of peaches, apricots and honeydew. The sweeter finish of this wine allows you to fully experience the beauty of the tropical fruit characteristics – it is still wonderfully balanced with a hint of acidity. 

The 2018 Ephemere Vidal Blanc is also a fantastic choice when enjoying dessert. Finish off your meal (and wine bottle) as you enjoy a fresh rhubarb tart or keep in the Caribbean theme with a Toto Coconut Cake!

Cheers to spring, good food and great wine!