PHILADELPHIA -

A lawyer convicted of selling high-end wine, despite strict Pennsylvania liquor laws, hopes to win back the seized collection before it's destroyed.

Arthur Goldman's collection, which includes rare vintages not sold in state-run wine stores, is worth an estimated $125,000 or more.

Police seized nearly 2,500 bottles from Goldman after making undercover buys at his home in Malvern, Chester County. He pleaded guilty to several related misdemeanors.

State law calls for contraband liquor to be destroyed, however, defense lawyer Peter Kratsa argues that much of the seized wine is from Goldman's private collection and was never listed for sale. He is vowing to go to trial to reclaim them.

For now, police have stashed the wine at room temperature in an evidence room.