Workaround - amd64 12.04 - stock repos:
this returns 1.4.0 for me.
sudo apt-cache policy wine
Downloaded the source code for it here:
sudo apt-get build-dep wine
After build dep is done I:
Wine installs no errors.
./configure --without-x --without-freetype
Then as the workaround to the GUI frontend I:
sudo apt-get install q4wine
QT GUI works never asks to remove anything
Having an X issue of course, but I am able to
sudo apt-get install --reinstall wine without removing packages... *working on it*