Vijay Magan - a sad loss
He was not a wine professional (merely the most ardent of winelovers), but many in the Cape wine world knew Vijay Magan, and will be saddened to hear of his death.It seems that at every public tasting (and many private ones) Vijay was there. Many other frequenters of such events who don't know his name would recognise him, I suspect. Chris Williams, winemaker at the Foundry and Meerlust, has just emailed others in the tasting group to which we belonged with Vijay, and commented that "he was a fixture in the wine fraternity".
He was deeply knowledgeable and - more important - full of understanding about South African wine and the wines of Europe - especially Burgundy, which he especially loved. But he always wore his knowledge lightly, and it was there to serve his passion for wine and not to impress.
Vijay died of cancer last night (30 December 2012), after some months of illness which he bore with great optimism and positiveness. He leaves two children, his partner Sureka, his former wife and a wider family, and our sympathies at Grape go out to them. But Vijay, with all his enthusiasm and warmth, made many friends in the wine world (and in the medical world in which he worked amongst his colleagues and patients). We too will miss him greatly.