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Accel Partners Cocktail Party: Where the Elite Meet…and Drink a Lot of Wine, in Davos

Kerima Greene, Senior Talent Producer, Power Lunch
Photo By: David Gallagher

The hottest ticket around at the World Economic Forum is to the Accel Partners Cocktail party tonight at the Kirchner Museum in Davos. Accel – the VC firm behind Facebook. The elite of the elite come to mingle, network, swap ideas and stories.

But mainly, everyone comes for the amazing array of rare vintage California wines all chosen to reflect the state’s great wine history.

David Kirkpatrick, author of “The Facebook Effect” raves about the selection: “The best wine on earth, nothing comes close. Awe-inspiring.”

Bond Estates director Paul Roberts, who has the enviable task of selecting each year’s bottles, explains tonight’s theme.

“Great California through the decades. We have wines from 1902-1962. We want to show everyone how the wines age and improve with age...not just get old," he explained.

DimensionU Co-Founder Ntiedo Etuk is one of the lucky 350 invitees.

“I kept hearing rumors about how great the wines were. Can’t wait to taste them," he said.

Last year, Facebook investor Sean Parker and JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon came early and stayed late with Qualcomm’s Paul Roberts. Will they make a return appearance tonight remains to be seen?

One thing is certain, given the Wall Street Journal report of an imminent Facebook IPO, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Accel Partner Jim Breyer, who was an early investor in Facebook, will be the real toast of tonight’s party.

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