How did you try to "start" wine? You need to start a program with wine. Usually if you have a windows executable to run your would go to the directory in a terminal where the program exists and type: wine program.exe.
That would work if the program name is "program.exe".
You should also be able to right click on a windows program icon and either have the option to select Open With wine or have an entry box asking which program you want to use and just type wine. I haven't used wine for quite some time so that's about all I remember from several years ago? The link below explains using it in Ubuntu: