Remove casings from sausage. Saute sausage, onion, and the next 4 ingredients; cook 8 minutes or until meats are browned, stirring to crumble.
Add chili powder and the next 8 ingredients and cook 1 minute. Stir in wine, tomatoes, and kidney beans; bring to a boil. Cover, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Uncover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard the bay leaves. Sprinkle eash serving with cheddar cheese. 8 servings. (Adapted from Cooking Light)