This article is from the WINE WINdows Emulator FAQ, by Dave Gardner firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
A new version of Wine is distributed about twice a month. You will be able
to keep up on all the latest releases by reading the newsgroup:
where new release announcements are made. When downloading Wine from your
ftp site of choice (see question 4.1 for some of these choices), you can
make sure that you are getting the latest version by watching the version
numbers in the distribution filename.
For instance, the distribution released on June 20, 1994 was called
Patch files are also available. If you are current to the previous
version, you can download and apply just the current patch file rather
than the entire new distribution. The patch filenames follow the same
conventions as the monthly distribution.