Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Abridge™?

Abridge™ is a comprehensive online database of regulations from 110+ countries around the world - providing subscribers with the latest regulatory norms and compliance information, as well as relevant international agreements, for wine, spirits, and other alcohol beverages.

Why should you use Abridge™?

Abridge™ is an invaluable online resource for alcohol beverage companies trading products internationally. Beverage manufacturers, both large and small, can enter new markets and maintain their presence with confidence, saving both time and expense.

What products does Abridge™ offer?

Our database includes categories such as certification, composition, definitions, labeling, production, and tariffs - for wine, spirits, and other alcohol beverages. Subscribers can quickly and accurately identify relevant rules in selected markets. They can also view regulations from different countries in side-by-side comparisons arranged by topics.

What else does Abridge™ offer?

Subscribers have access to market and industry reports with vital information on the alcohol beverage sector, as well as codes of practice and guidance materials to help producers and exporters comply with mandatory regulations and voluntary norms.

Abridge™ also facilitates networking by providing links and contact information for industry, government, and inter- governmental organizations.

Does Abridge™ offer consulting services?

We do! Our dedicated professionals with 40+ years of combined experience have a proven track record of providing excellent specialized guidance for subscribers.

What's new on Abridge™?

Abridge™ is introducing the category of federal-level taxation for wine, spirits, and other alcohol beverages in 2024.

Who leads the team at Abridge™?

Bennett Caplan, Abridge's President, has worked in the alcohol beverage sector for thirty years - as a partner in an international law firm, an executive focusing on alcohol beverage matters in corporate life, and as head of a global wine and spirits association. Bennett is a graduate of Columbia University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Boston College Law School.

Laurel Parker, Abridge's Vice President of Operations, has experience in the global alcohol beverage sector spanning the past decade, having advised European wineries on customs requirements, and developed strategies for companies entering the U.S. market. Laurel is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where she studied international trade and Spanish, and of the George Washington University School of Law. She has received a diploma from the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, focusing on trademarks and geographical indications for wine and spirits. She has also received the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 Award in Spirits (With Distinction) and in Wine (With Distinction). Laurel is a contributing reviewer to Jus Vini, the Journal of Wine & Spirits Law, which promotes legal scholarship in the field of wine and spirits law.

How can I look further into Abridge™?

Contact us at for more information and to schedule a demonstration of the database!

NOTE: The content of this page is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as an authoritative legal interpretation on any subject matter.