The Wine Dive debuts at Exit 33

Bar and restaurant industry veteran Thor Chitow has opened a wine bar and lounge called The Wine Dive off Interstate 77 Exit 33.

Chitow describes his new venture as a "wine saloon" offering 23 beers on tap and 40 wines by the glass.

Various appetizers are offered, including hummus, smoked-fish dip, antipasto skewers and spinach artichoke dip.

Daily specials include a $5 tasting of three wines on Wednesdays, $2 pints on Thursdays and $2 glasses of wine on Sundays.

The Wine Dive is the first business together for Chitow and his wife, Kat, he said. Thor Chitow is a South Florida native who has worked in bars and restaurants for about 20 years.

The Wine Dive also features a solid-wood, custom-stained pool table shipped from California.

Bartender is Chantelle Gervais.

The Wine Dive: 807 Williamson Road, Suite 110, near Vinnie's Raw Bar and Grille; 4 p.m. until about midnight Sundays through Thursdays, 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 704-799-WINE (9463);; and on Facebook.

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Women of NASCAR has committed to raising the $71,500 sponsorship and providing labor.

The event is at 7 p.m. and will feature dining, live music, raffles and a silent auction. Doug Rice of PRN Performance Racing Network will be the emcee and host.

Tickets are $50 and are available at

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Details: 704-663-5807;