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Wine Business Monthly has named Applegate Valley's Troon Vineyard one of the "Top 10 Hot Brands" in the country.

Cyril Penn, editor of Wine Business Monthly, noted Troon Vineyard was included in the February edition's list based on its standing as a pioneer in an up-and-coming wine region, its focus on an unknown varietal for the American market (Vermentino), and being part of an editors' tasting panel. Past Oregon winery recipients of the recognition include Willamette Valley Vineyards, Domain Drouhin, Abacela Winery, A to Z Wineworks, Willakenzie Estate and Wine by Joe.

Troon was founded by Dick Troon, who first planted grapes in 1972 and started the winery in 1993. The vineyard has about 40 acres of grapes, with more than 20 varietals being grown.

Troon's tasting room is at 1475 Kubli Road, just off North Applegate Road.

PORTLAND — A union official says Daimler Trucks North America plans to lay off 250 workers at its Portland factory in February.

Joe Kear is business representative with the International Association of Machinists District W24 Lodge in Portland. He told The Oregonian that managers have notified the 250 workers that their last day will be Feb. 15.

Daimler announced layoffs Thursday for its operations in North America.

The truck maker has about 1,000 workers at the Swan Island factory and another 1,800 at Daimler's Portland headquarters.

Daimler makes Freightliner and Western Star trucks.

From staff and wire reports

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