Jorge Arándiga and Toni García are the owners of the Valencian restaurant Alli Oli, located in the magical neighborhood, La Latina. Their restaurant is a charming place that’s found a way to combine tradition and innovation. And they love our wines! Without a doubt, it’s a delicious part of Valencia in the capital.
-After seeing your cellar, it looks like you’re quite taken with us…
(laughs) We wager on your wines because they’re part of our region. They’re wines that we know, they’re of extraordinary quality, and little by little you guys are making your mark in Madrid, which is well deserved. Madrid has space for everything anyways. Plus, you guys are a really gutsy…
How does Valencian gastronomy fit into Madrid?
Paella is known around the world and is well received. There’s a lot Valencian, Mallorcan or Catalan people in Madrid with a background in rice. Not to mention the people from Madrid, who are in love with our authentic and local cuisine.
And how do Valencian wines fit into the capital?
At first, people alway look for a wine from La Rioja or from Ribera del Duero. You have to explain to them that the Valencian wines we offer are very high quality. The image you guys have is so bold, that they decide to try it. That’s when they end up being convinced. Honestly, people love your labels. In this day and age, everything is visually absorbed first. After the first taste, they always come back for more.
It’d be a plus to know which of your wines are best sellers.
Day to day it’s Mala Vida. But I’m going to be honest with you: Vividor is breaking the mold. Vivir Sin Dormir is also a star product.
Vividor is breaking the mold?
Yes, it’s the boldest wine we’ve seen, and it has an amazing label. But what’s most important is that they treat themselves to a wine they like. The Utiel Requena denomination is really attractive in Madrid. There’s a lot of Vividor-type people in this city…
How would you pair food with our wine?
We always try to give our personality to every type of rice. For example, Bala Perdida is a much more potent wine that we’d typically pair with a lighter rice dish, such as a “senyoret”. Vividor is perfect for a rice dish with ribs which we now have on the menu. Your wines are quite playful. For example, Mala Vida is wonderful when it’s chilled and people are stunned. There’s not much more to say. Our Valencian paellas with Mala Vida is an explosive combination. Vivir Sin Dormir pairs with black rices. Sometimes we get creative and let it creep into the night.